In the run-up to the Assam Assembly elections, Rabiram Narzary's Bodoland People's Progressive Front (BPPF) today merged with BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People's Front (BPF) at a rally in Kokrajhar district.
BPPF supremo Rabiram Narzary with his general secretary Dilu Sharma and ten district committees, besides hundreds of supporters merged with the BPF in presence of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief and BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary and other senior leaders.
Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, former ministers Chandan Brahma and Promila Rani Brahma were among others who attended the rally.
"I am delighted to announce that Rabiram Narzary's BPPF has merged with the BPF party today. We welcome this positive development. With the joining of senior Bodo leader and former ABSU (All Bodo Students Union) president Rabiram Narzary, BPF has become stronger," Mohilary said.
Announcing Rabiram Narzary's name as the BPF candidate for the Kokrajhar West Assembly constituency and Milon Boro for the Bhabanipur constituency, Mohilary said BPF on its own was going to contest all 16 seats of the Bodoland Territorial Administrative Districts (BTAD) area with peace and development as its main poll plank.
"Respecting people's interest, security and unity among various communities, I joined Hagrama-led BPF party and now we will work together for a model BTC as brothers forgetting the past," Rabiram Narzary said.
Narzary today also dissolved the BPPF party publicly and stressed on a peaceful political atmosphere and co-existence taking into confidence the people living in the area and all round development of BTAD.
Rabiram Narzary had become BPPF president when it was formed in 2005 till the party suffered a vertical split into BPPF(R) headed by Narzary and BPPF(H) headed by Mohilary, the chairman of erstwhile militant outfit Boro Liberation Tiger, owing to differences in ideology after the first election to the Bodoland Territorial Council in 2005.