Political developments in the State have taken a new turn, just six months ahead of the Assam Legislative Assembly polls, Hagrama Mohilary, the chief of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and president of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has announced that the BPF may form an alliance with BJP if the Centre fulfils their demand.
Interacting with media, the BTC chief said, ‘We require a 1,000 crore special package every year for the development of Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) and also direct funding from the Centre to BTC,’ adding, ‘If the Centre fulfils our demands, we don’t have any problem to tie-up with BJP’.
The BTC chief has also asked for ST (H) status for the Bodos who are residing in other parts of the State and Northeast.
Meanwhile, the possibility of an alliance between two major political parties in the State has increased speculation within the political fraternity of the State. Some claim that the BPF move is aimed at polarising voters. However, speaking on the issue, Wasbir Hussain, a noted political journalist, told ENe, ‘I don’t think BPF has taken this decision to polarise voters’. He further added that the main aim of the BPF is to generate funds from the State government, failing which they now want to align with the party in power at the Centre.
It is to be noted that the State may also have a grand-alliance of BJP-BPF-AGP for the next polls, as according to sources, the leaders of all the three parties met in a secret meeting in Guwahati on Sunday night.