The alliance comprising Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and Gana Suraksha Party won the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) floor test on Thursday.
The alliance led by UPPL president Pramod Boro got the support of 22 members. With this majority, Pramod Bodo will lead the BTC as its Chief Executive Member (CEM).
After the victory, Pramod Pramod condemned the ruckus created by the members of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) at the house. He termed their behaviors as undemocratic.
“The UPPL-BJP-GSP alliance will work for the peace and prosperity of the BTR (Bodoland Territorial Region),” said Boro.
The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday ordered a “composite floor test” in Assam’s autonomous Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) on or before December 26.
Earlier, six members were nominated to the BTC which administers four Assam districts such as Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, and Udalguri. The court ruled that they cannot take part in the floor test.
The Gauhati High Court had, on Tuesday, ordered for a composite floor test by December 26. The Court order was passed in response to a petition filed by Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) chief and three-time CEM of BTC, Hagrama Mohilary. In the petition which was first heard on December 18, BPF stated that the election of the CEM was done by violating Constitutional provisions and the entire process of election of members was in violation of the Election Rules of 2004. Mohilary and six other members of BPF have challenged the validity of the appointments of CEM and the members.
In the 40-member BTC, BJP, UPPL, and GSP have altogether 22 members – nine from BJP, 12 from UPPL, and one from GSP. The lone member from Congress and one from BPF had later defected to the BJP
The BPF, which is a constituent of Assam’s BJP-headed coalition government, ruled the BTC for 17 years ever since its creation in 2003 as a political solution to the Bodo agitation for a separate state.