Ahead of the heavily contested Assam Assembly polls, newly formed United People’s Party got a moral boost today. Former BPF party worker, now sitting Chapaguri MLA Hitesh Basumatary, former Tamulpur MLA Chandi Basumatary, Rafael Daimary, ex secretary of Bodo sahitya sabha, Santash Kaklary, ex president of Bijni district Bodo sahitya sabha, Anil Nanda Pathak, Khudiram Ghosh, Ganesh Swargiyary,BJP leader from Sorbhog, Dilip Boro, social activist formally joined the UPP along with large number of supporters at a public meeting held at Mushalpur in Baksa district today.
Former Rajya Sabha MP and UPP president Urkhao Gwra Brahma welcomed the newly joined members and felicitated with traditional Aronai in the presence of huge gathering.
MLA Basumatary said that he has joined the party along with huge supporters as party has been gaining momentum in the backdrop of failing administration of Bodoland Territorial Council by Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), which has been in power in the Council over twelve years. He expressed his confidence that UPP will win in the contested seats in upcoming assembly polls.
UPP president, Brahma said that his party will contest in all the constituencies in BTAD region. This new political equation will be a potential threat to BPF which is failing to hold its vote bank due to alleged corruptions and lack of able leadership. BPF has been in power in the BTC since its inception in February 2003. Although showered with financial largesse by the Central government over the years, nothing tangible development has taken place.
Except rise of violence, Bodoland region remains where it was although the concept of “Model BTC” has been belying the hope of the people for over a decade. In the past years, apart from the budgetary allocation of the State govt, BTC has received over Rs. 750.00 crore from the Central government as grant-in-aids. It is alleged that the Council has failed to furnish the fund utilisation certificates even today. (Source: http://www.assamtimes.org/node/16306)