GUWAHATI: BJP is heading for breaking its partnership with
Bodoland People’s Front
(BPF) it had built more than four years back to form its first government in Assam, along with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).
The reason for the difference between the two parties centers on BJP’s plans to go all out to take control of the
Bodoland Territorial Council
(BTC) in elections, which will be held in December. The council has been in the hands of BPF for last 17 years at a stretch.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “The BTC elections will be held in December and BJP will fight the elections on its own. We are not going to have any alliance with any party. To take forward the Bodoland Territorial Region on the road to an inclusive development, we need to set up BJP’s administration in the council and our objective is to reach this goal.”
Hinting at the almost inevitable separation, Sarma added, “As on today the position is that our alliance with BPF is for five years only (till 2021). How the political equation will shape up depends on the situation in next five years.”
“We always keep everyone along and just like other autonomous councils, Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, now the time has come that BTC should also be ruled by local leadership of the BJP, which will completely change the environment,” Sarma added.
BPF had won 12 seats in 2016 and joined hands with BJP after dumping Congress, which had been its partner in government from 2011. BJP on the other hand finished short of a simple majority in the last elections and banked on BPF and AGP to form its government. BPF has three ministers in the state government.
Earlier in January, AGP, which also has three ministers in the state government, had pulled out of the alliance in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. They later re-joined the alliance and the government.
BPF president and chief administrator of BTC, Hagrama Mohilary had earlier in August had sounded the first alert that the alliance with BJP was hanging in balance. Mohilary had then said that BJP’s aim was to exterminate all regional political parties.