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A day after the oath-taking ceremony of the chief, deputy chief and three executive members of the Bodoland Territorial Council, the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has alleged that the new council comprising members of the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), GSP combine has formed in an “undemocratic manner” as the people’s mandate has been with BPF.
Senior BPF leader and Assam Minister Pramila Rani Brahma addressed newsmen in Kokrajhar on December 16, asserting that the party would now knock the doors of the judiciary and seek legal help against the “undemocratic manner” of formation of the council by members of the three-party alliance.
“The people’s mandate has been with BPF, and we have achieved single largest majority by winning 17 seats out of 40. Yet we have not been invited to form the council,” Brahma said.
Asserting that there is no question of the party members resigning, she said that such a state of affairs has no place in a democracy. “But still we have been patient and now are planning to seek legal help,” the BPF leader said.
“We will abide by law and verdict of the court,” she said.
The announcement comes in the wake of a BPF member quitting the party, bringing the party’s strength to 16 seats in the council.
Meanwhile, the newly sworn-in BTC chief, Pramod Boro denied reports that the elected members were being confined to a city hotel over the past few days, with speculations rife about the threat of horse-trading allegedly by the Hagrama Mohilary-led BPF.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)