UPPL chief Pramod Boro met Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at his Dispur residence late at night on Saturday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has won nine seats in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls, is likely to join hands with the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) to form the council.

As no party could cross halfway mark, BTC will witness a coalition rule for the first time.

Pramod Boro-led UPPL has bagged 12 seats while ruling Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) managed to capture 17 seats.

According to BJP insiders, the saffron party is unlikely to back its ally Hagrama Mohilary-led BPF, which has emerged as single largest party, to form the council.

UPPL chief Pramod Boro met Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at his Dispur residence late at night on Saturday.

Assam BJP president Ranjeet Das and Lok Sabha MP and party national general secretary Dilip were also present at the meeting.

Interestingly, Kokrajhar MP Naba Sarnia, whose Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) party has won just one seat, had also accompanied Boro, when he met minister Sarma.

BJP sources, however, said that the final call on the post poll alliance will be taken by the party top brass.

Minister Sarma on Sunday morning said that the party will make its stand clear on joining hands with the UPPL by 9.30 a.m. today.

He also informed that BPF chief Mahilarly had made a phone call to him last night.

Sarma, however, has not ruled out the possibility of joining hands with the BPF as well.

BJP general secretary Dilip Saikia said that BJP is in touch with UPPL to form the next BTC council.

“The people in BTR have wanted a change in BTC rule and the mandate is a clear reflection to it,” Saikia said.

Sources said the UPPL leaders will hold a discussion with BJP leaders at city’s Lily Hotel on Sunday morning.

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