Gauhati HC orders floor test of BTC executive council before Dec 26

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Published: December 23,2020 12:11 PM
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December 23, 2020: The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday ordered the newly-elected executive council of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to prove its majority in a floor test on or before December 26.

December 23, 2020: The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday ordered the newly-elected executive council of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to prove its majority in a floor test on or before December 26.



The order was passed while the court heard a petition by Bodoland People's Front (BPF) chief Hagrama Mohilary, after the BJP dumped his party to form a post-poll coalition with the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) and Gana Suraksha Party (GSP)



“The process of election of a CEM is a democratic process. Therefore, it can’t be denied that the newly appointed CEM would be under a constitutional obligation to prove his majority on the floor of the house,” the HC order read.



Earlier this month Bodoland council polls - seen by many as a forerunner to Assembly elections in Assam in six months - threw up a fractured mandate. The BPF emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats, but the BJP (supported by the UPPL and GSP) formed the Council. The BJP won nine seats and the UPPL 12. The GSP won one seat. The lone Congress winner quit to join the BJP.



Later a BPF member crossed over to the BJP as well, giving the alliance considerably more than the 21 seats needed for a majority in the 40-member Council.



Elected BJP, UPPL and GSP members were first stashed away at a hotel in Guwahati before being shifted to Shillong. The BPF has kept its members at a hotel in Kokrajhar, sources have said.



The BPF has been a partner of the Sarbananda Sonowal government in Assam; it has three ministers in the cabinet. However, Assam BJP has stated that it does not wish to carry its alliance into the 2021 state elections. This, the party has said, is why it went solo in the BTC polls.