UDALGURI, March 14 - Promod Boro, the newly appointed president of the United People�s Party Liberal (UPPL) has asserted that his party has the mandate of the society and will come to power to implement the Bodo pact in letter and spirit.
Addressing a mass gathering at Bordoloi Bhawan in Tangla town of Udalguri district on Friday, Boro said the people of the region must vote for change in the forthcoming Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls so that the clauses of the Bodo pact can be implemented.
Reiterating that the Narendra Modi-led Union government�s commitment was �Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat�, Boro said, �We want to build trust among the different communities which is deficient at present, and bring in national and regional integrity.�
Attending three mass-joining ceremonies of the UPPL on Friday at Udalguri, Tangla and Mazbat, where more than 2,000 people belonging to diverse ethnic communities joined the party, Boro said the people of the Bodo belt were �ripe for transformation�, especially after the Bodo pact which promises everlasting peace, progress and development in the trouble-torn region.
The UPPL president further stated that his party will field candidates in almost 40 constituencies, keeping in mind the aspirations of the people of the region.
Along with the three other districts of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), Udalguri district too is getting ready for the polls slated to be held on April 4.
The district administration has made adequate security provisions for the polls. The district will have two divisions � Udalguri Sadar subdivision and Bhergaon civil subdivision � to conduct the elections in the 10 constituencies under it, with five each in both divisions. This was informed to the media by Deputy Commissioner Prakash Ranjan Gharphaliya.
In Udalguri Sadar subdivision, there are five council constituencies, where a total of 3,19,904 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 412 polling stations. There has been a 17 per cent increase in voters compared to the 2015 elections. There are 76 polling stations in Harisinga constituency, 82 in Dhansiri, 88 in Bhairabkunda, 81 in Paanchnoi Serfang and 85 in Rowta.
The Deputy Commissioner said that out of the 412 polling stations, 13 will be completely conducted by women polling teams. He said 113 polling stations have been identified as sensitive under Udalguri subdivision � 18 in Harisinga, 22 in Dhansiri, 43 in Bhairabkunda, 6 in Paanchnoi Serfang and 24 in Rowta.
The Election department has appointed 10 zonal and 63 sector officers while more than 150 polling teams have been kept ready to conduct the whole polling process smoothly and peacefully. The district administration has also formed flying squads and surveillance teams to keep an eye on the whole process. Gharphaliya appealed to the voters and the public to cooperate with the government for a peaceful election.
ANN Service adds from Gossaigaon: The United People�s Party Liberal (UPPL) organised an election campaign meeting at Tulsibil near Gossaigaon on March 12, which was addressed by Promod Boro, the student leader-turned politician. Boro said that the Hagrama-led BPF ruled over the BTC for 17 years, but common people did not benefit under its rule. The only people who benefited were politicians. �The UPPL has come forward for the all-round development of the BTC. People have sought a change in the government. Within a day or two, the party candidates� list would also be announced,� he said.
�The common people will be the UPPL�s strength and guardians. The ruling party has declared to grant Rs 5000 to each Self Help Group, but the UPPL will give Rs 75,000 to each SHG after formation of the government,� Boro reiterated.
In an interaction with scribes after the meeting, Boro said that miscreants torching the election campaign office of the UPPL at Bhiranpur under Dhaligaon PS, was very undemocratic. He also urged the Election Commission and the local law enforcing aurhority to nab the culprits behind the incident.