GUWAHATI, Nov 6 - The United People�s Party Liberal (UPPL) president Promod Boro today said that the BTC election should be held at the earliest since the COVID-19 scenario in the State and the country has improved and the Assembly election in Bihar is also underway amid the present situation.
The election to the 40-seat Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), earlier scheduled to be held on April 4, was deferred by the State Election Commission due to the pandemic. Governor�s Rule was imposed in BTR on April 27.
Addressing the media in Guwahati, the UPPL leader alleged that both the BPF and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) are misleading the people over the land issues whereas there are sufficient legal provisions to protect the interests of all sections of people living in the BTR.
The UPPL chief claimed that his party will win not less than 28 to 32 seats in the BTC election.
�Kokrajhar Lok Sabha MP and Gana Suraksha Party leader Naba Kumar Sarania and the BPF are misleading the common people over a range of issues to take advantage of the situation. We want to make it clear that there is no reason for panic among the non-tribal people of the BTC over land issues. It is unfortunate that despite being in power for 17 years, Hagrama Mohilary and his party could not solve the land-related issues of tribal and non-tribal people of the area,� Boro said.
The UPPL leader stated that despite there being adequate legal provisions to safeguard their interests, the non-Bodo people were harassed unnecessarily and this created a misunderstanding between the Bodos and the non-Bodos of the BTC.
�Widespread corruption, mismanagement of MGNREGA, PMAY and job card funds and appointment scams have come to light under the BPF rule. Once we are voted to power, we would ensure thorough probe into all the allegations of scams and fund mismanagement,� added Boro. He also urged the police to ensure adequate vigilance and foolproof security during the BTC election so that money power and muscle power cannot disrupt the process.