BPF ends eight-year alliance with Congress in Assam

Kokrajhar, Assam: The Bodoland People's Front, an ally of Congress in Assam, today broke its eight-year-old alliance with the party accusing it of non-cooperation in development of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts.

"The present Congress government has not cooperated at all with us in all round development of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD). There is no point in continuing in this government if we cannot fulfill the aspirations of the Bodo people," BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary told reporters in Kokrajhar.

 BPF ends eight-year alliance with Congress in Assam

Bodoland People's Front chief Hagrama Mohilary. Image courtesy moneycontrol

Mohilary, who is also the chief of Bodoland Territorial Council, said after a meeting of the BPF's policy-making body that the Congress government failed to provide security to the life and property of the Bodo people despite being in power for so long.

"BTC has always been deprived of the state government's fund allocation. The fund allocation is done taking into account the population factor of a particular region, but this has not been the case with us."

Asked about speculation that the BPF would join the BJP, more particularly for the Assembly elections in the state in 2016," Mohilary said the party had not decided about it.

BPF has 12 members at present out of 126 in the state Assembly.

Chandan Brahma is the only member in Tarun Gogoi's council of ministers, with the portfolios of Transport, Tourism and Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes in BTAD Areas.

Brahma, along with his party colleagues in different government bodies would resign from their posts by tomorrow, Mohilary said.

BPF had joined the Congress in 2006, when Tarun Gogoi had formed his first government in Assam.

BPF was formed after terrorist group BLT surrendered and joined mainstream politics following an agreement with the government.

Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had said that his government would break up the alliance with BPF if allegations of the Mohilary-led party's involvement were found to be true in the killing of nearly 50 Muslims in May in Baksa and Kokrajhar districts of BTAD.

"I will severe the ties with BPF if they are actually involved in killing the Muslims. It will not take even five minutes for me," Gogoi had said.

NIA was probing the incidents and the state government was separately making its own investigations.

Victims had alleged involvement of surrendered BLT cadres,who were BPF members currently, of carrying out organised attacks across the two districts as they did not vote for their candidate in the last Lok Sabha polls.

Brahma had contested the Lok Sabha polls from Kokrajhar constituency as a BPF candidate, with support from Congress, but lost by over 3.5 lakh votes to the first non-Bodo candidate and former ULFA 'commander' Naba Kumar Sarania.

In the present Lok Sabha, BPF has no presence. The breaking up of the alliance, however, would not create any threat to the Congress government as it has absolute majority of its own in the Assembly.

Congress has 77 MLAs in the 126-member House at present after one member died and another resigned after being elected to the Lok Sabha this year.

The government needed a strength of 64 members to sustain.

Sources in the Congress, however, said that the party might become 'morally unstable' as issues of dissidence were at the peak right now with demand for Gogoi's ouster.

There was even speculation that 45 dissident MLAs would resign from the Congress and form a new party.

Earlier this week, Congress had sent Mallikarjun Kharge to meet party MLAs and give a report on dissidence.

Kharge would submit his report to the High Command for a final decision about change of the chief minister in the state.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jun 26, 2014 22:57:39 IST