Guwahati, Dec 15: UPPL chief Promod Bodo and five other elected members of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) were sworn-in today by Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua at the Green Field Ground, Bodofa Nwgar in Kokrajhar.
Promod Bodo, a student leader turned politicians was sworn-in as the Chief Executive Member of the BTC, while Gobindo Chandra Basumatary of the United Peoples’ Party Liberal (UPPL) as Deputy CEM, BJP’s Gautam Das and Diganta Barua and Gana Suraksha Party’s (GSP) Ghanashyam Das.
A historic day for Bodoland & NDA.
My congratulations to Shri @Pramodboro1 on taking oath as CEM of BTC & to all members who took oath in Kokrajhar. Led by the vision of PM Shri @narendramodi ji, let us work together in the spirit of harmony to build a new & developed BTR. pic.twitter.com/M4QTMEzuhF
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) December 15, 2020
Promod took oath in Bodo, while other members did it in Assamese.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other top leaders of BJP were present during the swearing-in ceremony. Outgoing CEM Hagrama Mohilary of Bodo Peoples’ Front (BPF) was not present in the ceremony. Mohilary has been the CEM of the council for the last 17 years.
Promod Bodo expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for signing of the new Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) accord in January this year.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji is a visionary leader, who has taken the initiative to solve the problems of the Bodos so that peace can prevail,” the new CEM of BTC said.
“Many governments have come and gone but no such definite initiative like bringing all factions of the NDFB were taken before,” he added.
Promod Bodo assured all communities living in the Bodoland region to live without fear and to come forward with their problems which the new council will try to resolve.
Heartiest greetings & best wishes to new team 💐 pic.twitter.com/lFWlbcO87y
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 15, 2020
UPPL had won 12 seats, BJP nine and GSP one seat in the just concluded 40-member council polls while the BPF, which had headed the BTC for the last three terms, emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats and Congress secured just one seat.
Congress member Sajal Kumar Sinha who joined the BJP on Monday has been expelled from the party.