Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has been up in arms demanding BTC polls with immediate effect before the expiry of the Governor’s rule on October 27.

The members and supporters of the party took out torchlight rallies across the 40 BTC constituencies on Wednesday evening.

The members and supporters of the party under Khalingduar block BPF took out a torchlight rally throughout Tangla town and raised slogans to save the democracy and hold BTC polls by maintaining COVID19 protocols.

Khalingduar block BPF general secretary Sankar Sarkar said: “It is quite amusing to note that the BTC poll, which has been indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic, is facing uncertainty despite passing of more than 5 months.”

“If other states can hold polls, why the BTC polls have been indefinitely postponed?” he questioned.

He further lambasted the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) leaders.

Sarkar said, “The leaders of UPPL have been selling moon to the electorates but we are confident that the people will keep faith in BPF for the development works and help form the government for the fourth consecutive term.”

Meanwhile, the BPF party workers also staged a mass crying programme with torchlight at Pragati Bhaban in the heart of Kokrajhar town and BPF central office situated at JD Road and other places demanding early general
elections to BTC.

BPF’s torchlight rally in Kokrajhar.
BPF’s torchlight rally in Kokrajhar.

More than 500 supporters of the BPF assembled at the venues and participated in the crying programme for an hour.

Former executive members of BTC, Doneswar Goyari and Derhasat Basumatary among others also joined the programme.

It may be mentioned that for the last few days, several organisations of BTC including BPF have submitted memorandums to the Assam chief minister and the Assam State Election Commissioner through the deputy commissioner of Kokrajhar demanding early elections to BTC.

They have urged the Assam government not to extend the period of the Governor’s rule in BTC beyond October in view of Covid19 pandemic.

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