Kokrajhar, March 28: Senior Bodoland Peoples’ Front leader and four-time sitting MP from Kokrajhar, Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary, today left the party to contest as an Independent.
Bwiswmuthiary, who was denied a party ticket, slammed party president and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary for his “dictatorial style of functioning” and for “repeatedly trying to suppress the increasing dissenting voices of people through his undemocratic diktats, intimidation, verbal threats and misleading and concocted arguments”.
In a release issued today, he said he had decided to contest the election from 5 Kokrajhar ST constituency as an Independent in response to “the earnest appeal and request of the majority of the electorate and supporters of the BPF”. Bwiswmuthiary has joined the league of high-profile Independents in the fray such as Mani Kumar Subba and Madhab Rajbongshi who left the Congress after being denied a ticket. Subba is contesting from Tezpur and Rajbongshi from Mangaldoi.
Continuing his diatribe against Mohilary, Bwiswmuthiary accused him of having “murdered the spirit and practice of democracy, the ideals of people’s participation and inclusiveness both within the party and in the BTC to fulfil his vested, selfish interests at the cost of the public and the party.”
He alleged that Mohilary had an “ulterior motive” behind giving Chandan Brahma, a minister in the state cabinet, the party ticket for Kokrajhar as his victory would make way for Mohilary’s sister Pramila Rani Brahma, an MLA and a former cabinet minister, to be re-inducted in the state cabinet. He said Brahma had not applied for a party ticket for the polls and Mohilary’s decision was “arbitrary, dictatorial and undemocratic”.
Calling the move a blunder, Bwiswmuthiary said Mohilary’s political gameplan and conspiracy would backfire, as the public would defeat his ulterior motives and vote for him (Bwiswmuthiary).
He said the people had lost confidence in Mohilary’s leadership, both in running the BTC and in leading the party. “The people are of the opinion that under his leadership, neither the Bodos nor other sections of society feel safe and secure,” he added.