State Assembly polls

R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Feb 13: The United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) is planning to contest in at least 11 to 12 seats in the ensuing Assembly polls in Assam and the party will extend support to its alliance partners BJP and AGP in other constituencies.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, UPPL president Pramod Boro, who is also the chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council, said that as his party is now a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), it would contest the State polls in alliance with other NDA partners. “We are planning to contest in at least 11 to 12 seats within the Bodoland Territorial Region. We can become deciding factor in a few other seats and we will seek to contest in at least 4-5 such seats,” he added.

The UPPL could not win even a single seat in the last Assembly elections.

Boro said implementation of the accord signed with all four factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) on January 27 last year would be one of the main poll planks for the UPPL. He said implementation of the accord is on track and the Union Home Minister himself is taking interest on the issue. He hoped that all the clauses of the accord would be implemented within a specific time frame for the overall development of the BTR.

Boro said restoration of peace and creating harmony among all sections of people in the BTR would be some other goals of the party.

He alleged that during the Bodoland people’s Front (BPF) rule in the BTC, the development process was affected due to corruption and mismanagement of funds.

“In the last Assembly elections, the UPPL was a new party, while the BPF was involved in money and gun power. Moreover, the UPPL was involved with the separate state movement and that is why the party did not get support of all sections of people,” he said.

Boro said the situation has now changed and the bond of unity of all sections of people living in the BRT has been strengthened and the UPPL did very well in the last BTC polls.