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Guwahati: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Assam released its manifesto for the Bodoland Territorial Council elections today.

The election manifesto was released today at the BJP office in Kokrajhar in the presence of Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP Assam chief Ranjeet Das, BJP national general secretary Dilip Saikia and party leader Biswajit Daimary.

Talking about the features of the manifesto, Himanta Biswa Sarma gave out several of the key features of the election manifesto for the BTC elections.

While referring to the BTR Accord signed, Sarma said that they would go ahead with the provisions of the Accord and make provisions for bordering villages to either to be included in the BTR or be excluded from it.

Sarma also said that now that the BTC council seats are going to be increased to 60, they would be making provisions to make sure that the various communities of the BTAD areas be represented. The BJP would be opting for the delimitation process to ensure that all the communities are represented properly.

The BJP is also promising to do away with the Central Selection Board calling it an unconstitutional body and stated that they would make provisions for local district bodies to make hirings and not depend on any central body. Sarma also stated that the BJP would be giving 10 percent reservation to economically weaker sections of the society in the BTAD areas.

He said that this reservation would be given apart from the caste-based reservation already provided under the provisions of the constitution. The BJP also plans to give out land pattas for people to buy and sell landed properties within the BTAD areas.

Sarma said here that the permission to buy and sell land within the BTAD areas would be allowed within a month’s time. Sarma also gave out some other features of the BJP manifesto.

He said that apart from the implementation of various central schemes of development in the BTAD areas, job cards for MGNREGA would also be issued by the BJP. He also said that religious sites of various communities residing within the BTAD would be developed by the BJP.

There was also talk of developing some tourist destinations within the BTAD areas. Sarma also said that the BJP would go ahead with the creation of a new district of Tamulpur out of the present district of Baksa if it comes to power.

The BJP has been involved in a whirlwind campaigning for the BTC elections scheduled for next month. Sarma has been spearheading the campaigning in the BTC areas even as the BJP is posing as a primary opponent to the Hagrama Mohilary led Bodoland People’s Front.

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