BTC Election: UPPL emerges as BPF killer with leads in 18 seats


GUWAHATI: The biggest trend that is coming out from the counting of votes in the Assam’s BTC election is the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) has maintained its lead in 18 seats after the second round of counting. Pramod Boro-led UPPL is giving a tough fight to Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) in most of the seats. The BPF that ruled BTC for 15 years has come down to single digits with leads in just 6 seats after second round of counting.

Interestingly, three top leaders of BPF (including Chief Hagrama Mohilary) are trailing from their constituencies. BPF chief Hagrama is trailing from both the seats he contested. The biggest setback at the moment is for the BPF which now is in the third place. The second place is taken over by BJP which is leading in 11 seats. For the BJP, it’s a massive gain of 10 seats at the moment. Though the counting hasn’t ended, these initial trends will further give a momentum to the party for the 2021 Assam Assembly Elections. BJP has definitely gained from BPF’s failure in these council seats. Most of the seats are from Udalguri District.

BJP UPPL Alliance

A strategic alliance between the BJP and UPPL is on the cards. It may be premature to announce it on counting day but the BJP has given indication that they are interested in joining hands with UPPL chief, Pramod Boro. Even during the election campaign the parties did not attack each other aggressively unlike BJP and BPF. Also, the BJP did not field any candidate in Debargaon where Hagrama is contesting and was trailing with over 1600 votes against the UPPL candidate. The BJP also did not field any candidate from the second constituency Kosugaon that Hagrama is contesting. BJP basically made it tougher for the BPF chief to win by not dividing the votes.