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Mahillary sworn in Bodoland council chief

Sushanta Talukdar

Leaders of BPPF, ABSU keep away from ceremony


  • CM assures all assistance
  • Chandan Brahma to be deputy
  • Six members to be nominated

    GUWAHATI: An 11-member executive council headed by former militant leader-turned administrator Hagrama Mahillary was sworn in at Kokrajhar on Thursday to run the 46-member Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).

    Mr. Mahillary who headed the interim BTC was the chief of the erstwhile Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) that was disbanded on December 6, 2003 following a new Bodo Accord signed between the Centre, the outfit and the State Government the same year.

    The Bodo Accord was the culmination of the violent armed struggle for statehood launched by the erstwhile BLT and an overground statehood movement spearheaded by the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU).

    However, front rank leaders of the Bodoland People's Progressive Front (BPPF) and ABSU stayed away from the oath-taking ceremony, attended by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and three of his ministerial colleagues.

    The first elections to the tribal council created under the amended provisions of the Sixth Schedule held on May 13 witnessed clashes between supporters of Mr. Mahillary on one side and BPPF president Rabiram Narzary and ABSU workers on the other.

    Mr. Mahillary who won the polls uncontested fell out with Mr. Narzary and backed independent candidates against official candidates of the Bodo political party and also against the BPPF president. While results of 38 constituencies have already been announced the State Election Commission is yet to take any decision on the State Government's recommendation for repolling in two constituencies — Banargaon and Dotma. All the 38 elected council members have backed Mr. Mahillary as the Chief Executive Member. Former deputy chief of the BLT, Chandan Brahma was sworn in as the deputy CEM of the council. Six members would be nominated by the State Government.

    Immediately after taking oath as the CEM of the BTC, Mr. Mahillary said that the tribal council would not only fulfil the aspirations of the Bodo people it would work for the welfare of all communities living within the four Bodoland Territorial Area Districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri.

    Speaking on the occasion the Assam Chief Minister expressed the hope that BTC would usher in development in Bodo-dominated areas and fulfil the aspirations of the people. He assured all assistance from the State Government in development activities to be undertaken by the council body.

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