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Bodo : hottest zone of Asom election

Written by: Staff
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Kokrajhar, Apr 08 (UNI) This is the hottest zone of Asom election and the Election Commission (EC) does not deny that.

With both Bodo camps readying themselves for fight of supremacy, the Bodo-dominated constituencies of Asom are getting ready for another round of violent poll.

" This time we are ready with all security forces and will not allow any show of strength. We will ensure that people can vote freely, " said Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan, who was here specially to oversee the preparation. He informed that additional forces were being rushed in.

On the ground tension is palpable as there is anticipation of violence between the Rabiram and Hagrama factions of the Bodos.

Once they were impregnable block and now they are divided. The Bodos have emerged as a classic example how a perfectly homogenous society after achieving their objective fall apart for the lure of power.

They should have controlled the next government with a block of around 14 MLAs but today division has reduced them to a small time player of the main political parties of the state.

So when Bodo supremo Hagrama Mohillary announced that next government would be controlled from Kokrajhar, everyone looks up as a statement of arrogance.

Already his arrogance has split the Bodo society vertically as the Bodo Peoples Political Forum (BPPF), which was once the ultimate force representing all Bodos, are split into two negating all the advantage the Bodos had garnered over the years.

" Just before the BTC election held for the first time in March last a political party BPPF was created to provide a strong political platform for bodos in particular involving other communities of this region keeping in view both the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections to acquire a key position in the regional as well as national level politics in India, " said U G Brahma, MP.

" The action of Hagrama Mohilarry forced us to separate ourselves from them because he is acting as Congress B team crushing the hope of the thousands of Bodo people and its aspiration, " said Rabiram Narzary, head of the other faction of the Bodos.

The Hargrama faction had the support of the former Bodo Liberation Tiger (BLT) militants, while Rabiram faction enjoys the support of moderate Bodos, led by the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU).

The BTC election witnessed a clear victory of BPPF (H) over BPPF(R) and all the 40 elected general members expressed allegiance to Hagrama, but not before unprecedented violence, which stunned the whole state.

In the coming Assembly election bifurcation of BPPF became more distinct. The Congress had already extended five seats to the BPPF (H), which had fielded 19 candidates and the BPPF(R) was also maintaining understanding with the AGP, AKRASU, AUDF, ABSU and also fielded 11 candidates in BTAD.

On the other hand the non-tribal communities like Adibashi, Nepali, Rajbanshis, Rabha were also getting divided in support of the candidates from either camp.

With both the camps turning in the heat, polling in the Bodo areas will not be as smooth as it was in the Phase-I. Both are flexing their muscles as well as showing fire power and it will not be easy sailing for the BPPF (H).

Though both factions of the BPPF have intensified poll campaign on the basis of the manifesto almost for the common cause of peace, development but common voters are still confused whether a peaceful voting will be able to take place.

UNI MT SJC RD 1152

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