Bodoland Territorial Council polls: Campaigning gains momentum in BTAD

  • Bodoland Territorial Council polls: Campaigning gains momentum in BTAD
03-04-2015 , :: . |

The fight for the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election is heating up as BJP began its election campaign, Central leaders and ministers embarked on a campaign trail in BTC, where BJP hopes to gain a toehold. The election will be held on April 8.

Union MoS for home Kiren Rijiju on Thursday addressed election rallies in Gossaigaon and Kokrajhar and promised peace and development in BTC. The following round of campaigning, in Chirang and Baksa districts, is expected to be led by Union MoS for sports Sarbananda Sonowal.

BJP leaders said Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram and Union HRD minister Smriti Irani also feature in the party's list of star campaigners for the BTC election.

The Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), too, are going all out to woo voters.

This election promises to be a tough one for the ruling Bodoland People's Front (BPF). Besides the major parties, Independent candidates backed by non-Bodo organization Sanmilita Janagosthiya Ekya Mancha are upping the ante.

Dhubri MP and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal has begun campaigning, especially in the minority-dominated areas of BTC.

According to political observers, prevailing anti-incumbency and the recent move to BJP of many BPF leaders are a matter of concern for the ruling party. Bijoy Choudhury, who was once an active BPF leader, is now BJP's candidate from the Mushalpur constituency.

Choudhury is reaching out to the electorate and accusing BPF of failing to live up to its promise of peace and development. He claimed that after joining BJP, he enjoys the support of both Bodos and non-Bodos in his constituency.

"It is true that I have been a BPF leader since the party's inception. Now, when I look behind, I find that the party, despite being in power for two terms, failed miserably in ushering in development and progress," Choudhury said.

The BPF, however, refused to be daunted. "To an extent, our prospects may be dented. But we still enjoy the support of people in BTC," BPF legislator Emmanuel Mushahary countered.

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