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GUWAHATI: Criticised heavily for allegedly depriving locals particularly the non Bodos of land rights in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area, Hagrama Mohilary led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has made land rights of indigenous people of BTC- a precedence in its ballot manifesto, released on Monday.

Promising land pattas to the indigenous people living in BTC on Monday released its election manifesto.

Both BJP and former All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) president Pramod Boro led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), contesting in the BTC polls, accused Mohilary of running anarchy in the BTC for 15 years and alleged that land rights of people living in BTC were disadvantaged.

Mohilary said, “Regardless of the Oppositions are claiming is false. We have not disadvantaged anyone of land rights. Reasonably we are giving land pattas to make sure their land rights. It doesn’t matter what they (BJP) accuses, people in BTC have seen our deeds and I am certain that BPF will form the next council here again.”

Replying to questions of BJP, an ally of BPF in Dispur, targeting Mohilary and BPF, the former militant turned BTC chief said that BJP’s strategy would not work this time.

“BJP can try all their might but it won’t impact BPF. BJP will not even get a unmarried seat,” claimed Mohilary alleging that state minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma used to be trying to woo voters by distributing money.

But even so land rights, BPF has also promised of setting up a student and youth welfare board and development board for the welfare of the young generation and people from more than a few communities. “Since employment is a challenge, we wish to engage the youths of BTC via the welfare board,” he added.

The BTC polls will be held in two- phases on December 7 and 10.

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