Promod Boro, the chief executive member (CEM) of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) managed to pass the floor test on Thursday by garnering support from 22 members of the council.
This comes as a big setback for Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) chief Hagrama Mohilary, who was confident of bouncing back to power in BTC.
United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) president, Promod Boro said that the UPPL-BJP-GSP alliance will work for the peace and prosperity of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).
BPF members soon engaged in heated arguments refusing to accept the outcome of the floor test.
Mohilary along with six BPF members had filed a petition in the Gauhati High Court stating that the entire process of electing the CEM and other members to the BTC was done in violation of the Election Rules, 2004.
The high court in response directed the new council to refrain from beginning governance and hold a composite floor test by December 26.
BPF secured the maximum number of 17 seats in the recent BTC polls, followed by UPPL at 12 and BJP at 9.
The Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) and Congress secured one seat each.
Despite BPF being the single largest party, UPPL joined hands with BJP and GSP to form the new council.
Moreover, the elected Congress candidate and another BPF member defected to the BJP to join the UPPL-led alliance.
Boro had also rejected his predecessor Mohilary’s recent plea to unite all regional parties and forge a post-poll alliance in BTC.
Refusing to accept the verdict of the floor test, Mohilary said that he would challenge it in court.
He claimed that the floor test was conducted without adhering to the directions issued by the Gauhati High Court.
“The floor tests did not happen as per the direction of the Gauhati High Court,” a report quoted Mohilary as saying.
“The pro-tem speaker made a mistake at the very outset as he did not carry out the oath-taking process in an alphabetic manner,” he said.