Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, April 13 – The Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), headed by former BLT chief Hagrama Mohilary has regained power in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) by winning the elections with a thumping majority.
BPF supporters celebrating the victory of one of their candidates in Kokrajhar on Tuesday. – EP
The BPF won 32 of the 40 seats of the Council, while, the Congress, an alliance partner of the BPF in the state won three. BPPF, the main opposition party in the BTC area, managed to win only one seat, while, the UPDF won one and independent candidates won from three constituencies. However, the control room of the State Election Commission could formally declare results of only 27 constituencies and BPF won 25 of those. The AGP and BJP failed to open their accounts.
The process of counting of votes was by and large peaceful in all the four districts under the BTC and Mahilary is all set to become the chief of the Council for the second successive term. However, it is still not clear whether the BPF would form the executive council on its own or members of the Congress would be inducted into the same.
Our Kokrajhar corres-pondent adds: BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary today thanked the people of BTC for voting his party to power for the second successive term. He claimed that the achievements of the BPF-led Council in the last five years in working for the overall development of the backward area prompted the voters to vote in favour of his party.
Addressing mediapersons in Kokrajhar this evening, Mohilary said that the victory of a few opposition candidates including that of BPPF chief Rabiram Narzary was a positive sign as there was need for a strong opposition for a healthy democracy. He said that the results were on expected lines.
Mohilary further assured that the BPF would try to improve its performance in the constituencies where the party’s candidates lost, in the next five years.
The BPF chief, who was elected to the Council from Debargaon constituency by a thumping margin of over 27,000 votes, is all set to become the Chief Executive Member of the BTC for the second successive term and he is likely to formally stake claim to form the Council before the State Governor after the Bohag Bihu festival. It may be mentioned here that most of the senior leaders of the BPF managed to get re-elected to the Council.
Meanwhile, a festive atmosphere gripped Kokrajhar town this evening after the election results were declared and the BPF supporters celebrated the victory with bursting of crackers. A victory procession was also taken out in the town.