By : Our Kokrajhar Web Desk
Kokrajhar (Assam) , Dec 13 : The results of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election is finally out with the last result being declared past midnight on Saturday and Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) emerging as the single largest party by winning 17 seats.
The United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) has won 12 seats while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has emerged victorious in 9 seats and Congress managing to get 1 seat .
As there is no single party which got the magic figure of winning 20 seats , the BTC is all set to see a coalition government .
UPPL chief Promod Boro rushed to the residence of the NEDA Chief and Senior BJP Minister in the state Dr. Himinta Biswa Sarma yesterday to hold consultations in formation of the new government . Kokrajhar MP and GSP Chief , Naba Harania whose party got 1 seat was also present in the meeting .
BJP General Secretary Dilip Saikia was also present in the meeting .
Interestingly , this time around BJP contested against its own ally party Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) in this election though the alliance is still continuing in the state .
BPF is an ally party of the BJP-led Assam government since 2016 and BPF has ruled Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) which covered four districts – Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri in last three terms .
In Kokrajhar this morning , BPF supremo said that since his party has emerged as the single largest party he was confident of forming the next BTC council with the support of BJP .
Addressing a press conference he said that his party was hopeful to form the next council in the spirit of BJP – BPF alliance in the state which is till intact.
In 2015 BTC election, BPF won 20 council seats, while BJP won one, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) bagged four and 15 by independent.
Counting of votes for 40 council seats began at 8 am on Saturday in ten subdivisional headquarters in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri districts – Kokrajhar, Gossaigaon, Chirang, Bijni, Tamulpur, Parbatjhora, Bhergaon, Mushalpur, and Udalguri, Salbari and continued till 1 am .
Polling for 40 seats of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) was held in two phases on December 7 and 10.
After signing the Bodo peace accord with the All Bodo Students’ Union and some factions of the insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB early this year and formation of Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), it is the first election in BTAD.
Ahead of the assembly polls in Assam due in 2021, the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election is considered to be a ‘semi-final’ of 2021.
The BTC , after its term ended on April 27, is currently being administered under the supervision of Governor Jagadish Mukhi.