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Bodoland Territorial Area District Elections 2015

A Discussion

The Bodoland Territorial Area District elections this time has seen votes getting split between multiple parties. Will the Bodoland People’s Front, who have been allegedly involved in violence earlier, able to bring peace in the region?

Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD), which came into being in 2003, witnessed its third elections on 8 April 2015.[i]  The region is one of the most violence afflicted zones of South Asia, therefore, the elections in the province possess great significance. The BTAD has a council comprising a maximum of 46 members, of which 30 will be reserved for Scheduled Sribes (ST) and five for non-tribal communities; five seats are open to all communities, and six members are to be nominated by the governor of Assam.[ii] These elections have displayed a multi-party contest for the first time. Another important aspect of the elections is that the Congress Party lost both tribal and non-tribal votes of the region and faced a complete whitewash.

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