BPF agitation for BTC elections enters 5th day, Police obstructed bike rally in Kokrajhar

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KOKRAJHAR, OCT 1:  The Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) agitation to put pressure on the Assam government to hold the election to the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) at the earliest entered 5th day today.

The BPF block committees in Kokrajhar district including Salakati block BPF scheduled bike rally as part of its agitation was however obstructed by the police region as ‘district administration didn’t accord permission to carry the protest rally’.

Demanding early conduct of BTC council elections within October month and opposing extension of governor’s rule in the BTC beyond October 28. The BPF has been carrying out protest agitation across the region. The party urged the state government to take necessary steps for holding council elections at the earliest.

“Conduct council elections to save democracy in the council through maintaining social distancing and COVID-19 protocol”, a senior BPF party leader in Kokrajhar said.

On Friday, the party will hold a four hour hunger strike in four districts of the BTC.

BPF Bike Rally

On Wednesday, Labour Unions of Kokrajhar district carried out a protest rally in Kokrajhar today seeking early conduct of the election within October month which was started from BPF office via JD Road to DC office.

Hundreds of union members with banner, placards took part in the rally and submitted a memorandum to the chief minister and election commission and demanded early conduct of the BTC election.

President of Labour Unions, Janaki Prasad Basumatary said that the protest rally was carried out to pressurise the government and election commission.

A mass shouting with lighting candles was also carried out in support of demanding BTC council elections. All block committees of the BPF party organised the mass shouting protest demonstration in Kokrajhar town.

Former BTC executive member and BPF leader Doneswar Goyary took part in the mass shouting at RNB road near Pragati Bhawan.

President of Kokrajhar district committee of BPF Derhasat Basumatary participated in the mass shouting programme in front of the party office along the J D Road. Basumatary urged the state government and election commission to conduct the BTC council elections maintaining COVID-19 protocol.

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