BJP absorbs two key leaders of ally BPF in Assam

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Biswajit Daimary, who left Rajya Sabha on Saturday, and MP Emmanuel Mushahary put on saffron ahead of Bodoland council poll

The fragile alliance between the BJP and the Bodoland Popular Front (BPF) took a hit on Sunday with two influential leaders of the latter joining the Saffron party ahead of tribal council elections in Assam.

Biswajit Daimary, who resigned as Rajya Sabha member on Saturday, and MP Emmanuel Mushahary joined the BJP at the official residence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati in the presence of the president of the BJP state unit , Ranjeet Kumar Dass, and National Secretary General Dilip Saikia.

Mr. Daimary was the founding secretary general of BPF and is said to have been the regional party’s think tank. Mr. Mushahary represents Tamulpur, one of 12 Assembly seats that BPF won in the 2016 state elections.

The duo’s membership is expected to increase the BJP’s chances of seizing power in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), where elections are scheduled for December 7-10.

“Their membership adds more strength to the BJP. The experience and contribution of the top leaders of the Bodo community will help our party win at BTC, ”said Mr. Sonowal.

Mr Daimary said other BPF leaders will join the BJP soon because people want a change the BJP can make in the four districts of the Bodoland territorial region governed by the BTC. “Problems such as underdevelopment and unemployment plague the people of the BTC zone,” he said.

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