The results of the 40-member Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections in Assam, dubbed as the semifinal ahead of the Assembly polls next year, are likely to throw up a fractured mandate even as the BJP emerged as the biggest gainer.
Assam’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and BTC’s two main contenders, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), could not secure the magic figures of 21 as the counting of votes are in still in progress at the time of filing this report.
The BJP and its junior ally BPF separately fought the BTC polls which were held in two phases on December 7 and 10.
According to the results and trends till late on Saturday night, the BJP and UPPL have won and are leading in 10 seats each while the BPF has an edge in 16 seats.
The Congress is leading in one seat while the Independents are ahead in three other seats.
This is the first election in the BTC after the Centre had signed the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) peace accord with the…