BTC elections: BJP makes alliances with UPPL and GSP in ASSAM, BJP forms alliance with UPPL and GSP in AssamOn December 13, 2020 by admin
- BJP created new political equation in Assam before 2021 assembly elections
- Shakes hands with new allies UPPL and GSP to rule BTC
- PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated
- BJP rejects support appeal of current ally BPF
Before the assembly elections to be held in 2021, the BJP has started applying new equations in Assam. The party joined hands with new allies United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and Gana Suraksha Party (GSP), leaving the coalition’s current ally BPF, to rule the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), a self-governing body in Bodo-dominated areas of Assam. is.
No clear majority in BTC elections
The result of the recently concluded BTC election was hung. Neither party has got a majority. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that BJP has decided to join hands with UPPL and GSP to jointly form the next BTC. Sonowal said after a meeting with representatives of the three parties that the 40-member new council would be headed by UPPL chief Pramod Bodo.
BJP did not support BPF’s largest party
The Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has three ministers in the coalition government led by Sarbananda Sonowal in the state. The BPF has emerged as the largest party in the 40-member body, winning 17 seats in the BTC elections. In the BTC election, UPPL won 12 seats, BJP nine, while Congress and GSP won one each.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the UPPL and the state BJP unit on this victory and said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is committed to serve the people of the Northeast. Modi tweeted, ‘NDA is committed to serve the people of North East. I congratulate the Assam BJP and its ally UPPL for winning majority in Assam BTC election and wish them to fulfill the aspirations of the people. I thank the people for reposing confidence in the NDA.
Shah also wishes UPPL
Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated the UPPL for winning 12 seats and shortly after in his tweet called the party an ‘ally’. The Union Home Minister said in the tweet, ‘NDA has secured clear majority in Assam BTC election. Congratulations to our partners UPPL, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ranjit Das and BJP’s Assam unit. I thank the people of Assam for relying on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve to develop the Northeast.
Claimed to constitute council
Apart from these, several leaders including BJP National President JP Nadda and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the new alliance on this victory. The newly elected 21 BTC members of BJP, UPPL and GSP later went to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Jagdish Mukhi to stake their claim to constitute the council. All these members had gone to Raj Bhavan under the leadership of UPPL chief along with Neda convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma. The Governor is currently in Chennai and the claim letter was received by his Commissioner and Secretary Meenakshi Sundaram.
Swearing in by December 15
Sarma told the media that the file would be sent to the Governor and if he found it satisfactory, he would direct the Chief Secretary to constitute a new council. He said that they are hopeful that the new council will take up the post by 15 December. When asked about the alliance with BPF, Sarma said that the people of BTR have given a mandate for change and they cannot go against their will.
‘Alliance with BPF to continue till 2021’
When asked about the alliance with BPF in the state government, Sarma said that it was formed for five years in 2016 and it will continue till the next assembly elections. Bodo told reporters outside the Raj Bhavan that the people of BTR had given him the responsibility to bring change and they would do so with full commitment and honesty. He said that as the new Chief Executive Member, his priority would be to ensure a corruption-free council and take all communities together.
BTC Council consists of 40 elected and 6 nominated members.
The council was elected in New Delhi on 27 January after the signing of the new Bodo Agreement by leaders of all four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). The Chief Minister of Assam thanked the people of four districts – Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri – in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) for ensuring peaceful elections. The BTC, established in February 2003, consists of 40 elected members, besides, six additional nominated members who are appointed by the Governor of Assam.
Decision after meeting between senior leaders
Night between North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Convenor and Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, State BJP President Ranjit Das, BJP National General Secretary and Mangaldoi MP Dilip Saikia, UPPL Chief Pramod Bodo and GSP Chief and Kokrajhar MP Naba Kumar Sarania This decision was taken after deliberations with. The BPF emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats in this election.
Bodoland Territorial Council BJP shines, will hold power with new partner with nine seats
BPF sought support from BJP
BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary had earlier appealed to the BJP to support the formation of the council, as the two parties are still in alliance in the state and the center. Mohilary, who has been the BTC’s CEM for the last 17 years, said in BTC’s headquarters in Kokrajhar, ‘Since we are part of the state government in Dispur, I appeal to the BJP to help the BPF form the government in BTC. We have not broken an alliance with the BJP and it should follow the alliance religion. ‘
Currently 14 BPF MLAs in Assam
The BTC election has special significance in view of the elections in the state as BPF currently holds 14 assembly seats in four districts. BPF had joined hands with the BJP before the 2016 assembly elections and its three MLAs Pramila Rani Brahma, Chandan Brahma and Rihon Demari are currently ministers in the Sonowal cabinet.
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