BPF Chief May Play Key Role in Govt For­ma­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Bikash.Singh@ times­group.com

Kokrajhar: Rebel-turned-politi­cian Ha­grama Mo­hi­lary’s Bodoland Peo­ple Front (BPF) has a lik­ing for trea­sury bench. Mo­hi­lary is the key player in 2016 Assem­bly elec­tions and can play a de­ci­sive role in next gov­ern­ment for­ma­tion. In­sur­gency be­sieged Bodoland area, which ac­counts for 12 Assem­bly seats is strong­hold of BPF, which is now an ally of the BJP. In 2011, the BPF won all the Assem­bly seats.

The BPF, which is rul­ing the sixth sched­ule area of Bodoland ter­ri­to­rial coun­cil (BTC) since 2005, is fac­ing anti-in­cum­bency now. In 2006 and 2011, it was part of the Congress-led gov­ern­ment in As­sam. In 2014, be­fore Lok Sabha polls, the party parted ways with the Congress. This time, the Congress has en­tered into a pre-poll pact with Bodoland-based United Peo­ple’s party (UPP).UPP is con­test­ing Kokrajhar (West), Kokrajhar (East), Sidli and Cha­paguri Assem­bly seats. The Congress is con­test­ing the rest of the seats. All In­dia United Demo­cratic Front (AIUDF) is con­test­ing sev­eral seats. Mo­hi­lary has of­ten said he will al­ways be in the gov­ern­ment.” I will be al­ways part of the gov­ern­ment,” the BPF chief had said in sev­eral oc­ca­sion. The non-Bo­dos to­gether in 2014 put their weight be­hind rebel-turned-politi­cian Hira Saraniya and BPF tested its first elec­toral de­feat in its po­lit­i­cal his­tory when Sara­nia won the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha seat.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst said that non-Bo­dos are di­vided this time and will vote for Congress, UPP and AIUDF. BPF is ex­pected to suf­fer losses in some key seats.

“Ha­grama had said that in the new gov­ern­ment his party will claim four key de­part­ments how­ever in this elec­tion there prospect in six to seven seats looks bleak.” Bodoland has faced ma­jor eth­nic riots. There were se­ries of clashes be­tween Bo­dos and Adi­va­sis be­tween 1996 and 1998. Bo­dos and Mus­lims have clashed in 1993 and 1994. Eth­nic riot be­tween Bodo and Ben­gali-speak­ing Mus­lim of 2012 killed over 100 peo­ple and left over four lakh dis­placed. The eth­nic con­fla­gra­tion of Bodoland turned out be a na­tional dis­as­ter trig­gered by SMS and so­cial me­dia.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst says non-Bo­dos are di­vided and will vote for Congress, UPP and AIUDF

BPF chief Ha­grama Mo­hi­lary

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