15 BPF leaders shifted to Raipur from Assam fearing horse-trading

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RAIPUR

Fifteen members of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), a Congress ally in the ongoing Assembly Elections in Assam, including at least six contestants for the post of MLAs have been shifted to capital Raipur from Assam on Monday amidst fears of horse-trading. These Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) members have been stationed in two major hotels on VIP Road in Raipur under highest cover of secrecy.

According to information, the BPF members boarded an Indigo chartered flight from Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri and reached Swami Vivekananda Airport during late evening hours on April 10, 2021. Altogether there were 26 passengers in the chartered flight including crew members and probably some Congress leaders who escorted them to Raipur. Soon after reaching here, the BPF Members were shifted to both these hotels while maintaining secrecy.

The  BPF members shifted to Raipur amidst fear of horse trading were Parbin Boro contesting from Barama Assembly Cconstituency, Hitesh Basumatari contesting from Chapagiri; Charan Boro contesting from Majbat; Chandan Bramha contesting from Sidli; Kamal singh Narjari contesting from Bijni; and Majendra Narjari contesting from Gossaigaon. Others BPF Members who accompanied these leaders are Bhimraj Basumatari, Rameshwar Thakur, Dhananjay Basumatari, Saikong Basumatari, Paniram Bramha, Karunkanta Sargiyari, Anirudh Singh, Mrityunjay Narjari and Juna Daimari.

Fearing horse-trading by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the announcement of results of the tightly contested State Assembly election on May 2, the Congress-led alliance is taking all precautionary measures to keep away its potential winners out of BJP’s reach. As part of this exercise, the candidates identified were shifted out from Assam. Travel restrictions in many countries following the pandemic had played spoilsport for the Congress-led Mahajut candidates in Assam to fly abroad for a pleasure trip.

Getting an opportunity to have a luxurious stay for another 20 days, the candidates had proposed to fly abroad and enjoy leisure in the foreign countries. Bhutan, Singapore and Thailand were identified as the preferred place. A few local media even reported that candidates of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) had been flown abroad over fears of being poached by the BJP. However, Kampa Borgoyary, the former Deputy Chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council and party’s spokesman refuted the charges as not true. According to him, those who have gone on a short “vacation” include 10 MCLAs and four MLA candidates. They are in Sikkim and Goa, he said, adding that they will be back in a few days.

However, 15 members of BPF including six potential candidates have been shifted to Chhattisgarh and besides BPF about 20 candidates of the Congress-led alliance of Opposition parties in Assam were shifted to a luxury hotel near Jaipur on Friday.

There is a close contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress led Alliance for 126 Assam Legislative Assembly. The final phase of polling was held on April 6 and the counting will be held on May 2. After three phases of polling, both BJP and Congress have claimed that they were winning with considerable margins.

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