The Congress has found an ally in the United People’s Party (UPP), a Bodo group headed by former Rajya Sabha member Urkhaw Gwra Brahma, to take on the BJP’s ally Bodo People’s Front (BPF), with the ruling party agreeing to leave four seats in the Bodoland Territorial Council area for it.
Urkhaw Gwra Brahma was an independent candidate for Kokrajhar in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in which the BJP had backed him.
Brahma finished second in that election, pushing the BPF candidate to third spot. BPF, now a BJP ally, was then with the Congress.
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“It will not be as easy as BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary and BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal are claiming to be,” Brahma said. “One must keep in mind that I had polled more votes than the BPF candidate in the 2014 polls, while the BPF’s strength had come down to just 20 in the 40-member Bodoland Territorial Council election in 2015,” he said. State Congress president Anjan Dutta said, “With this tie-up, we hope to win all 12 seats that went to the BPF in 2011.”