UPPL Staged Dharna and BPF Organizes Hunger Strikes

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Speed News Today Desk, Oct 2:: The 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence is marked by different kinds of peaceful and civil protest by two main regional political parties of Bodoland Territorial Region.
The Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) which has been in power for 15 years in both BTC and Assam has staged six hours hunger strike demanding early election to the Bodoland Territorial Region as part of series of democratic and peaceful agitations. BPF’s protest against the extension of Governor Rule in BTR and holding early elections started with the sub-division level dharna, torch light rally, motor bike rally and today six hours hunger strikes. The party president and former chief of of BTC Hagrama Mohilary said ‘ if our demand for holding election before the end of six months Governor Rule is not met, we will intensify our mass democratic movement. If Bihar Assembly election can be held and so many bi-elections can take place why not BTR election? This is a sinister design to deprive people of BTR from elected public representatives is against the democracy and Constitution’. He further revealed that on 6th of October a state level dharna will be organized at Disphur and on 8th of October 2020 a national level dharna will be held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi followed by submission of memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner of India, Prime Minister and Home Minister of India.
BPF Strike
In Pics: Dhaneswar Goyary(Credit: SpeedNewsToday)
BPF Bike Rally
In Pics: BPF Bike Rally(Credit: Central Youth BPF)
On the other hand, the United People’s Party, Liberal (UPPL), the principle opposition in BTR which is striving hard to replace the three terms BPF regime, staged 6 hours constituency level dharna across 40 constituencies against the alleged corruption in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MGNREGA). The party workers alleged that in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal year itself total of 630 crores allocated by Ministry of Panchayat and Rural Development (PNRD) have been siphoned off by the ruling BPF party. The Job Cards are forcibly taken away from the job card holders by the VCDC members and chairman belonging to the BPF party.
Pramod Boro, president of UPPL said, ‘MGNREGA is an Act in the name of father of the nation to guarantee at least 100 days of employment to the citizens of India to mitigate the economic distress of the poor in the country and prevent distress migration”.
“On this holy occasion of 2nd October, the 151st Gandhi Jayanti and international day of non-violence, we urge upon the Prime Minister of India, Chief Minister of Assam and his Excellency Governor of Assam as BTR is under his rule to immediately order CBI inquiry into the rampant corruption in the scheme,” he said.
Boro alleged that job cards and wages transferred in the accounts of the job card holders are taken away by BPF party workers forcibly with the immunity provided by the party leadership. The 40% material cost all have been eaten away without doing or spending a single penny for the purpose”.
Boro said they have voluntarily carried out a thorough investigation involving trusted professionals and preliminary findings suggest that more than 630 crores have been siphoned off by the politician and PNRD official nexus. Each of the guilty person forcefully taking away poor person’s rightful due share of public money must be brought to book and given stringent punishment, he further demanded.
The show of strength by both the political parties for two different purposes of demanding election and fight against alleged corruption was quite spectacular. As the six months Governor Rule in BTR is coming to an end on 27th of October 2020, all the parties are gearing up for the election. The million dollar question is when is the election going to be held? Positive aspect is Bodoland region that has witnessed armed violent protest in the past, now has transformed into mostly democratic, peaceful and civil protests.

 

UPPL Strike
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UPPL Strike
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