Guwahati: In Assam BTC polls, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) which was criticised heavily for allegedly depriving locals especially the non Bodos of land rights in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area, BPF leader Hagrama Mohilary has made land rights of indigenous people of BTC a priority in its poll manifesto.
Promising land pattas to the indigenous people living in BTC on Monday released its election manifesto.
Both BJP and former All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) president Pramod Boro led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), contesting in the BTC polls, accused Mohilary of running anarchy in the BTC for 15 years and alleged that land rights of people living in BTC were deprived.
Mohilary said, “Whatever the Oppositions are claiming is false. We have not deprived anyone of land rights. Rather we are giving land pattas to ensure their land rights. No matter what they (BJP) accuses, people in BTC have seen our deeds and I am sure that BPF will form the next council here again.”
Replying to questions of BJP, an ally of BPF in Dispur, targeting Mohilary and BPF, the former militant turned BTC chief said that BJP’s strategy would not work this time.
“BJP can try all their might but it won’t affect BPF. BJP will not even get a single seat,” claimed Mohilary alleging that state minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma was trying to woo voters by distributing money.
Besides land rights, BPF has also promised of setting up a student and youth welfare board and development board for the welfare of the young generation and people from various communities. “Since employment is a challenge, we want to engage the youths of BTC via the welfare board,” he added.
The BTC polls will be held in two- phases on December 7 and 10.