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Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would form the Bodo Territorial Council after winning the upcoming election in Bodo Territorial Region in lower Assam.
Addressing an election rally at Salakati in Kokrajhar district, Sarma said: "this time there will be a BJP government at Kokrajhar because the people of this region have decided for speedy development of this region with good governance."
Sarma slammed the Hagrama Mohilary-led BPF party that was part of the BJP-led alliance here, for allegedly not being able to solve the issues related to the people of this region despite having been in power for the past 15 years.
"If people vote for the BJP to form the next government then the BJP will fulfill the burning problems of the people of this region like job card, land issues, etc," Sarma said.
Elections to the Bodo Territorial Council would be held by December 15.
He further said that the BJP is clear on its stand on zero tolerance to corruption at all levels of governance and hence, every allegation and charge of corruption will be strictly and strongly investigated by the authority concerned.
"There have been allegations of large-scale misappropriation of funds during the rule of BPF under Hagrama Mohilary. The council needs to change to end favoritism, ensure the safety and security of the people and all-round development," Sarma said.
The minister alleged "Mohilary and other BPF leaders looted crores of rupees from the central fund meant for the development of the region in the last 15 years. Within a short period, we are going to disclose how much funds we have provided to the Council in the last several years."
"We have a BJP led government in Delhi and Dispur. What BTR needs is a BJP led the council for growth," said BJP state president Ranjit Dass while addressing the poll rally.
The BJP for the first time is contesting 26 seats and supporting an independent candidate from Srirampur constituency in the BTR polls, he said.
BTC has 46 seats with 30 reserved for Scheduled Tribes, five for non-tribal communities, five open for all communities, and six nominated by the Governor of Assam from the unrepresented communities of the region.
Dass also said that the BJP was committed to ensuring equal rights for all communities living in the region.
The rally was organised by BJP for Kabita Basumatary, the party candidate from the Salakati constituency. (PTI)