this correspondence News | BTC Counting Day: Sec 144 imposed; Ban on Bursting Firecrackers & Victory Rallies



GUWAHATI: Fearing of imaginable law and order situations throughout the counting of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and even after that, section 144 in The Code Of Crook Procedure,(CrPC) has been imposed in several areas of the region.

The counting to the BTC polls will be on December 12 morning. This time, the BTC witnessed a four-cornered contest with BJP and its ally in Dispur, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) contesting with every other in addition to United People’s Party (Liberal) (UPPL) and Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) too giving a hard fight.

Considering the high voltage political fight and imaginable violence, the Chirang district administration in BTC has determined to impose section 144 CrPC on Friday, a day ahead of the counting day.

It said that there have been apprehensions of illegal interference causing a disturbance in the process of the counting of votes, serious breach of public peace and tranquility with the stray incidents after counting of votes and declaration of results and also there was once an apprehension of intra-party rivalry, teasing, mocking throughout post declaration of results.

To check on such activities, the district administration has “Restricted the entry of an unauthorized person in the counting halls and even meeting of three or more persons in and around the 100-meter radius of the counting halls.”

It has also barred the political parties from organising victory rallies and bursting of fire crackers.

But even so, teasing or mocking and using provocative languages by the victorious political party towards the defeated political party was once also barred by the district administration.

Assam Police said that they were totally in a position to verify peace and check on any untoward incidents on Saturday and thereafter. “All forces are in a position to thwart any nuisance,” said a top official.

BTC has a House of 40 seats. In the 2015 BTC elections, BPF won 20 seats and came to power.

Alternatively, in this election, surprisingly the entire four key political parties have claimed to gain a majority and form the next BTC. While BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary has claimed to win a minimum of 31 out of 40 seats, BJP too claimed that it is going to win a minimum of 13-14 seats out of the 27 seats it contested. UPPL and GSP too said that they are going to sweep the election.


The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International


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