The Bodoland Peoples’ Front or BPF declared on Saturday that it was leaving the alliance headed by the ruling BJP. It is now joining the opposition party in support of the Congress-led alliance before the polls in Assam this coming month.
The Kokrajhar-based BPF, which was established in 2005 in Assam, won 12 of the state’s 126 seats in the last assembly elections. It then joined the BJP-led alliance. It also had previously allied with Congress twice, making it a member of the winning team in each of the previous three elections.
“To work for Peace, Unity, and Development and to bring a stable government, free from corruption in Assam, the Bodoland Peoples’ Front has decided to join hands with MAHAJATH. BPF shall no longer maintain friendship or alliance with BJP. In the forthcoming Assam Assembly Election it shall work hand to hand with Mahajath,” Hagrama Mohilary said in a statement on Facebook.
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Late last year, however, the BJP dumped down the BPF and found a new coalition partner to win a majority and rule the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). It is a self-governing body in Assam’s Bodoland region
The BPF emerged in the BTC polls in December as the single-largest party, capturing 17 seats in the 40-member body. It has three leaders in the state’s Sarbananda Sonowal-led coalition government.
“We have been telling it many times that our alliance with BPF was for five years only and both sides were committed to it. They are still in our government and it is healthy politics,” the BJP leader Amit Shah said.
Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, praised the United People’s Liberal Party (UPPL) for winning 12 seats. In his tweet, he called the party an “ally”. Mr. Sonowal confirmed that Pramod Boro, the CEO of UPPL, would be the BTC’s current Chief Executive Member (CEM).
Earlier in the month, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made it very clear that in the coming assembly elections in the state, the ruling BJP would not have any coalition with the BPF.
In the 126-member Assam assembly, the BJP is presently the single largest party with 60 MLAs. Its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BPF now have 13 and 11 lawmakers respectively. An autonomous MLA also has the support of the governing coalition.