New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Assam, the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) has decided to severe ties with the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)-led alliance and announced that it is joining the Congress-led coalition ‘Mahajath’. Also Read - Assam Assembly Election 2021: Check Voting Date In Your Constituency And Full Schedule

In a statement on Facebook, BPF leader Hagrama Mohilary said, “To work for peace, unity and development and to bring a stable government, free from corruption in Assam, the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) has decided to join hands with the Mahajath,” Also Read - Assam Assembly Election 2021: RJD Will Contest  in Alliance With Like- minded Parties, Says Tejashwi

“BPF shall no longer maintain friendship or alliance with BJP. In the forthcoming Assam Assembly elections, BPF shall work hand to hand with the Mahajath,” Mohilary added. Also Read - Assam Assembly Election 2021 Dates: Polls to be Held in 3 Phases, First Phase on March 27, Vote Counting on May 2

BPF will now be a part of the Mahajath which comprises of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation, and the Anchalik Gana Marcha (AGM).

In Assam, Assembly elections on 126 seats shall be held in three phases from March 27. Counting of votes will take place on May 2.

In 2016, the BJP scripted history and formed the government for the first time in the state ending Congress’s 15-year rule. BJP and its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) won a combined 86 seats in the 126-member Assam Assembly. BJP bagged 60 seats, AGP 14 and BPF 12 seats.

Congress, which ran the state for three straight terms under the leadership of Tarun Gogoi, could manage to win only 26 seats.

(With inputs from ANI)