KOKRAJHAR, SEP 27: The Religious Minority Council(RMC) of Bodoland Territorial Council(BTC) region and minority peoples have demanded early conduct of general elections to the Bodoland Territorial Council and voiced against extension of Governor’s Rule in BTC council area in the name of COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing Reporters at a press conference at Salakati today in Kokrajhar district, chief adviser of the RMC Baktar Ali Ahmed said that the council elections must be conducted within the October month to pave way for healthy democracy.
He urged the state government not to extend the period of Governor’s Rule in BTC in the name of COVID-19 Pandemic and demanded the chief Minister and State Election Commission to take strong decisions to conduct the BTC council elections at the earliest. He said that citizens are suffering massive setbacks since the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the region.
He said Health and Education minister Dr Himanta Sarma should stop his politically motivated remarks on the BTC election as the citizens have lost faith in Dr Sarma.
He said that the Government and election commission must ensure the saving of democracy in the BTC council by conducting elections with covid19 protocol. He questioned that if elections to the Bihar assembly can be announced to be conducted in three phases in October and November, why not the BTC election in Assam. He said that the RMC and common masses want healthy democracy in the region.
Independent candidate for Fakiragram constituency in Kokrajhar district, Shajahan Sheikh also demanded early conduct of BTC election. He said that due to ongoing Governor’s Rule, common masses are facing severe hardships in their daily leading life in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic situation. He urged the state government and election commission to take strong initiative for conduct of council elections as soon as possible.