Assam: BPF and BJP to be friends again, Hagrama sends formal proposal


GUWAHATI: The Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Front will again be friends with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam. The Bodoland party had joined the political coalition led by Congress before the recently-held Assam Legislative Assembly elections and contested against the BJP and its partners. BPF had shared power with BJP in Dispur but later parted ways before the BTC polls. It fought the BJP-UPPL alliance in the Bodoland Territorial Council polls and won 17 council seats but could not form the government.

BPF has given a formal letter to the BJP to join as an alliance partner. According to senior BPF leader Prabin Bodo, the BPF chief recently met chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma to put forward the friendship proposal. The party has entrusted full responsibility to Mohilary to take the party’s decision on friendship.

“We met chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and directly told him that we don’t want to sit in the opposition and want to be a part of the government as we are interested in working for the people. So we desire to enter the friendship and work as a friend. We made the chief minister aware of our decision. He told us that he wants to take everyone along. Now we have put forward the proposal and it is for the BJP to decide. We expect the friendship will be positive,” said Bodo.