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Bodoland is key: Urkhao

Kokrajhar, March 17: Former Rajya Sabha MP Urkhao Gwra Brahma, the consensus Independent candidate of the All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) and its allied organisations for Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency, said the struggle for peace, unity and good governance, would be the striking force that would decide the parliamentary election results.

Absu and its allied organisations include the BPPF, NDFB (P), UDPF and the Peoples’ Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM).

Talking to reporters here in Kokrajhar yesterday, Brahma said the mistrust among the communities in the Bodoland region was a matter of concern and there was a need to change the political approach to tackle the situation in providing safety and security to the common people irrespective of caste, language, and religion.

Brahma alleged that the ruling Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) of misgovernance and misappropriation of the government funds. He said the BPF was engaged in corruption during its 10 years of ruling the council.

He said the favouritism by the BPF and Congress had deprived the poor and real beneficiaries in all respects and the BPF would lose the election this time because of the deep-rooted corruption.

Brahma said his main poll agenda would be a permanent solution of the Bodoland statehood issue, which would ultimately wipe out militancy in the area, provide security and good governance to the people living in the proposed “Bodoland” region.

He also said the BPF-Congress alliance was not “holistic” in nature for which Mohilary had signalled to join the NDA, if the alliance came to power in the Centre. Besides, the BPF has decided not to support Congress candidate Bhupen Bora in Tezpur Lok Sabha seat, he added.

Brahma also urged the AGP and BJP to support him to defeat the common enemy the Congress and the BPF.

On Hira Sarania being the candidate fielded by Sanmilito Janogosthiyo Aikyomancha, Brahma said it was a Congress trick.

The five organisations — Absu, BPPF, NDFB (P), UDPF and PJACBM — are gearing up for the election. Together they organised an election steering committee meeting at Amala Bhawan in Kokrajhar yesterday.