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Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has nominated six new members from unrepresented communities to the fourth Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to represent the groups in the Bodoland Territorial Region comprising the four districts of Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Baksa and Chirang.
The members are Madhav Chandra Chetry (Gorkha community), Champawati Deka (Sarania Kachari), Wilson Hasda (Santhal), Pradip Kumar Bhuyan (Keot), Hemanta Kumar Rabha (Rabha) and Arpana Medhi (general category).
The nomination of the six members to the council was announced by the UPPL-BJP-GSP alliance-ruled BTC administration.
Newly-appointed BTC chief executive member Pramod Boro has submitted the names of the six members as Governor’s nominees for the council to chief secretary Jishnu Barua.
The Governor’s nominees have been recommended under paragraph 2 (1) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2003 (44 of 2003).
The letter read that CEM Pramod Boro has been directed to convey the approval of the Governor of Assam concerning the nomination of six candidates belonging to various unrepresented communities to the 4th BTC as recommended by Boro.
Meanwhile, the newly-elected members to the BTC who were camping in a hotel in Guwahati since the poll results were announced, are scheduled to leave for Kokrajhar on Thursday evening, sources said.
Speculations were rife as to whether the elected members were purposely “confined” to the hotel out of fear of “poaching” by the Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Front.
However, BTC CEM Boro denied such reports.
(Edited by Andre Kongri)