this correspondence News | BTC Ballot: Rift in BJP-BPF ally? Himanta Biswa Sarma blames BPF for corruption

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GUWAHATI: In a major political development in Assam, the rift between the ruling BJP and its ally Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) was once out in the open as Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma lambasted BPF for misrule and corruption in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).

Sarma while attending a public rally in Udalguri’s Mudoibari area on Friday said that the BPF has missing its relevance in the BTC region.

In his speech, he said, “We gave them (BPF) possibility for 15 years to rule but no desired results have been achieved. Because of corruption and discrimination, development has been a distant cry for the people of the area. Despite the fact that they’re in ally we can all the time speak against corruption.”

Sarma even asked the BPF government to give an audit outline of the Rs 1000 crore package allotted to them in the final five years.

“What happened to the government funds allotted for BTC’s development? How many streets have been made and what number of people got jobs? I would ask Hagrama Mohillary to give an audit outline on the expenses,” the BJP minister added.

Sarma on Friday declared that the Gorkha Festival Bhai Tika also celebrated as Bhai Dhuj in India will be a State Holiday. The festival is slated on November 16.

BJP has determined to contest the ensuing BTC polls against its ally BPF.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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