Bodos and minority key factor in second phase of Assam polls

Last Updated: Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 23:38

Guwahati: Bodos and the minority community
have emerged as a key factor in the 64 Assembly constituencies
going to polls in the second phase in Assam on April 11.

Bodoland Peoples` Front(BPF) and All India United
Democratic Front (AIUDF) are the major players, besides
Congress, AGP and BJP in the second phase and their
performance will ultimately determine the formation of the
next government in the state.

The BPF had won 11 of the 12 Assembly seats it had
contested in Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri and Darrang districts
in 2006 and had joined the ruling Congress as a coalition
partner.

The party, which has three ministers in the present
government - Agriculture Minister Pramila Rani Brahma,
Transport Minister Chandan Brahma and Public Health and
Engineering Minister Rihon Daimary, is likely to be the major
factor in the formation of the next government too.

Miffed with Assam PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita`s
statement alleging lack of development in Bodoland Territorial
Council(BTC) areas, BPF had given a scare to the ruling party
saying it was not averse to the idea of forming the government
with anti-Congress forces if such criticism continued.

The situation has been apparently resolved with both
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and BPF supremo Hagrama
Mohilary claiming no differences existed between them and the
two parties would be together in the next house.

"The BPF is a member of our family and it will be a
part of our government in the next term too even if we manage
to win a majority on our own," Gogoi had said.

Mohilary in his turn said BPF was committed to forming a
stable government in the state.

"During the last five years our three ministers and
the BPF have gained experience in the government. This time
we will be a deciding factor to run a stable government in the
state," he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 23:38

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