“I would prefer to wait for the outcome of the BTC (Bodoland Territorial Council) election (in December) before commenting on our position on an alliance with the saffron camp,” Mahilary said.
The BJP and BPF, which along with the AGP formed the current coalition government in 2016, have drifted apart and are vying for the BTC elections as rivals. BJP chief Himanta Biswa Sarma said the BJP would not renew the five-year alliance with BPF, which ends before the next assembly polls in April next year.
BPF has not yet officially left the government in which it has three ministers. Pramila Rani Brahma, who is one of the ministers, said: “BPF has made an alliance agreement with the national leaders of the BJP and therefore we would like the national leaders to tell us to move forward. All Himanta Biswa Sarma says are his personal opinions only.
Along with Daimary, another top BPF leader and MP, Emanual Moshahry, will join the BJP on Sunday. In a letter to President and Vice President of Rajya Sabha Venkaiah Naidu, Daimary wrote: “In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of India, I hereby resign my seat / membership in Rajya Sabha with immediate effect. I therefore ask that my resignation be accepted by you with immediate effect. Daimary had resigned from BPF last week.
Daimary later told the media: “As I said, there are a number of reasons for leaving BPF. While the Bodoland Territorial Region agreement aimed to better serve the community, BPF rejects it. As I intend to work for my people and my community in general, I think it has become difficult to do so while staying with BPF.