The Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) on Friday approached the Election Commission of India seeking permission to change the party’s candidate for the Tamulpur constituency after its candidate Rangja Khungur Basumatary joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) five days before voting.
The BPF chief Hangrama Mohilary wrote a letter to the EC and urged the poll body to cancel all elections in the constituency.
Basumatary, whom the BPF gave the ticket to contest the election from Tamalpur in Baksa district of Bodoland Territorial Region in western Assam, after campaigning for the party till Wednesday, went on “hiding” and then joined the saffron party midst the second phase of the Assam election.
“Since the candidate nominated by my party has changed his political allegiance barely a few days before polling through illegal inducements including bribery, he is no longer entitled to receive the votes under the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) party symbol,” Mohilary told the poll body in a letter on Friday.
Basumatary joined the BJP at a function in Tamulpur on Thursday in presence of Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.