Assam Congress president Ripun Bora has said the party never had any collaboration with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) for the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections but had an understanding with the latter to stop BJP, BPF and several other parties from winning.

The Congress candidate who managed to secure only a single seat in the BTC elections has joined the BJP.

Bora was in Hojai’s 27 No Kaki autonomous council constituency on Tuesday to campaign for the Tiwa Autonomous Council elections to be held on December 17.

“We cannot compare the voting pattern in BTC with the rest of the state as people in Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) cast vote to safeguard themselves from future clash,” the Assam Congress president said.

He said the BTR has a history of ‘Gusti Sanghat’.

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Bora said, “Although we never had any formal understanding with AIUDF, discussions are underway for the upcoming legislative assembly elections next year and the final decision will be taken by the Congress central committee.”

“The BJP only knows how to horse trade and lured our winning Congress candidate in BTC to join the BJP,” Bora said.

Bora said,” The Horse Trading Politics of Bharatiya Janta Party is a severe threat to our Democracy.”

Thjere is likely to be a tough contest between Congress candidate Bijumoni Bordoloi from and BJP candidate Subhash Basumatry, who are contesting the TAC elections from 27 No. Kaki constituency.

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