Assam

Assam: BTC to got to polls next month

The elections to the 40-member BTC in two phases on December 7 and 10.

GUWAHATI:  The elections to the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam would be held next month. The state Election Commission on Tuesday announced to hold the elections to the 40-member BTC in two phases on December 7 and 10.

Announcing the poll schedule, state Election Commissioner Alok Kumar said that counting of votes will take place on December 12.

In the first phase on December 7, polling would be held in Udalguri and Baksa districts while in the second phase on December 10, polling would be conducted in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts — all four districts in western Assam bordering West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan.

The election process had to be deferred earlier both in the BTC and the TTAADC due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The polling would be conducted by strictly following the broad guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India,” Kumar told the media in Guwahati.

The political activities in BTC have already gained momentum as most of the political parties are holding rallies to woo the voters.

The Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) is  allies of the ruling BJP and ruling the BTC since 2005 and is now facing serious anti-incumbency.

This is the first election in the region after the BJP led Central government inked accords with four terrorist outfits of Bodoland earlier this year.

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