The second phase of voting in the Assam assembly elections is going on today. Less than a week is left for the third and final phase of voting, meanwhile the opposition Congress-led grand alliance has suffered a setback. Actually, a candidate of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), who is part of this alliance, has changed the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Senior Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma gave this information by tweeting. However, candidate Rangja Khungur Basumatri, also known as Ram Das Basumatary, has not confirmed this over the phone. Sarma tweeted that BPF’s official candidate Basumatri has expressed his desire to join BJP and quit this election some time ago.
It is expected that Basumatari will formally join the BJP in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. In fact, PM Modi is coming to address an election rally in Kokrajhar, the headquarters of Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) on Thursday. Please tell that it is news that 4-5 other BPF candidates may also change party during this period.
The election for the Tamulpur seat is scheduled for the third and final phase of voting on 6 April. Apart from Basumatary, 10 other candidates are in the fray from this seat, the most prominent of which is Leho Ram Boro of United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL). UPPL is in alliance with BJP. Due to the deadline for withdrawal of nomination papers for the third phase, Basumatri cannot officially withdraw his candidature from the Tamulpur seat, but it will become easier for him if he leaves the election.