Assam health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma came down heavily on the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) alleging misappropriation of funds.

The North-East Democratic Alliance convener said that funds have been misused despite the Centre and state releasing crores of rupees for developmental schemes in the Bodo Territorial Region (BTR).

Sarma visited Dhansirighat, Udalguri town and Kabir Ali in Udalguri district on Monday to address public meetings ahead of the forthcoming elections in the region.

“BJP had placed its faith on BPF for three terms, but there have been allegations of corruption and snapping of land rights of several communities, where people have been refused permissions to sell and procure land,” said Sarma.

“The dark clouds hovering over the skies of the Bodo belt will witness a new dawn where prosperity, development and equal rights for every community will prevail,” he said.

The BJP is contesting in 26 constituencies in the 40-member Bodo Territorial Council (BTC), elections to which are likely to take place in December this year.

Expressing confidence of the BJP forming a government in the BTC, he promised of making appointments in government jobs a free and transparent act.

The minister also questioned former BTC chief, Hagrama Mohilary who had claimed that the 3rd Bodo Accord has certain flaws.

“If the accord has flaws, then why was Mohilary part of it?” said Sarma.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com