Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) on February 27 announced that it has severed ties with the ruling BJP in Assam and has decided to join hands with MAHAJATH for the Assam assembly elections.
Hagrama Mohilary-led BPF, which was an ally of the BJP in the state government, fell apart from the saffron party after the later contested the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections alone last year and later decided to form the council with United Peoples’ Party Liberal (UPPL).
BPF president Hagrama Mohilary on February 27 informed that his party will join the Mahagathbandhan in Assam. “To work for Peace, Unity and Development the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has decided to join hands with MAHAJATH in the forthcoming Assam Assembly Election. We shall no longer maintain friendship or alliance with BJP,” the former BTC chief tweeted.
While the fissures between the BPF and the BJP were visible before the Bodoland Territorial Council elections last year, the BPF continued its support to the BJP-led government in the state.
Earlier, BJP state president Ranjit Dass had said that the saffron party will be contesting the assembly elections with the UPPL.
The anti-BJP Mahagathbandhan in Assam includes the Congress, Badaruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF and the Left parties as the major constituents. The Rashtriya Janata Dal – Bihar’s main opposition party – has also said that they are keen to contest the Assam elections along with like-minded parties like the Congress.
Elections in Assam will be held in three phases – on March 27, April 1 and April 6.