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Squabble in BPF over Chandan candidature

Kokrajhar, March 24: The BPF today named Chandan Brahma and Sahadev Das as its candidates for the Kokrajhar and Mangaldoi seats and also extended its support to the creation of Kamtapur and Miyaland in an apparent bid to reach out to the Koch Rajbongshi and Muslim population.

The name of Assam transport minister Chandan Brahma was not among the list of aspiring candidates for the party and it came as a surprise to many when his name was announced.

The party manifesto highlighted all-round development in the Bodo belt and promised the continuation of a democratic movement for the creation of a separate Bodoland state and the proper implementation of the Bodo Accord.

It said the party urged both the state and central governments to provide ex gratia to those rebels who have returned to the mainstream.

It will also demand the establishment of a central university, an Ayurvedic college and pharmaceutical institutes in the Bodo belt.

The manifesto said the party would support the demand of Kamtapur and Miyaland and creation of the Yugi Nath satellite council.

Outgoing and four-time MP Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary, among the frontrunners for the party ticket, asked why Brahma, whose name had not been among the list of aspiring candidates, was chosen as party candidate.

Party president Hagrama Mohilary said Brahma was chosen as he was acceptable to all sections of people. He said Bwiswmuthiary was not acceptable among non-Bodos though a majority of the Bodos like him.

Bwiswmuthiary termed it a conspiracy against him by Mohilary and a murder of democracy. He questioned Mohilary’s commitment towards the Bodoland demand. He claimed to have the support of over five lakh people. He said he would consult his supporters and act according to their suggestion. “If my supporters want, I would contest as an Independent. I am even ready to quit the party if they want,” he said.