The first budget session of Pramod Boro-led Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) was held on Friday at Kokrajhar in western Assam.

BTC chief executive member (CEM) Pramod Boro presented the budget for the year of 2020-21.

“We will spend more on education, health, agriculture and infrastructure development. We have decided to increase the number of executive members (EM) also,” said BTC chief Pramod Boro.

On the other hand, opposition Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) skipped the budget session.

“It is sad for a democracy that the BPF is not performing the role of an effective opposition party in the BTCLA by abstaining from the first budget session of our government. For 17 years UPPL has always played constructive role as an opposition. As we have come to power for next five years, now voters of BTR need to see how BPF plays the role of an opposition. I personally request the opposition to strengthen the democracy by at least attending the assembly sessions,” BTC chief Boro reacted.

The fourth BTC has been formed by the combine of UPPL, BJP and Naba Sarania-led Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) making an end of 15 year-rule of Hagrama Mohilary’s BPF.

The UPPL won 12 seats, BJP nine and GSP one seat in the just concluded 40-member council polls while the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), which had headed the autonomous body for the last three terms, emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats and Congress secured one seat.