Guwahati: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the autonomous tribal council polls in the Mising Autonomous Council (MAC), the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) and the Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council (SKAC) despite the protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
The BJP, along with Jautha Sangram Samity, won 34 out of 36 seats in RHAC while the AGP and Congress won one seat each. In SKAC, the BJP grabbed 18 seats. The BJP and Ganashakti Party managed to win 34 out of 35 seats in MAC. In 36-member MAC, the BJP got five seats while its ally Sanmilita Gana Shakti won 29 seats.
The BJP had earlier also won the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council elections and the panchayat elections in Assam.
Happy with his party’s performance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to thank the people for the support. He said, “Gratitude to my sisters and brothers of Assam for the strong support to @BJP4Assam in polls to three Tribal Autonomous Councils in the state. I appreciate the local unit of the Party for their constant efforts to serve the people of the state.”
Meanwhile, the Centre’s decision to grant more power and funds to ten autonomous councils in the Northeastern has failed to satisfy political parties of Tripura, except the ruling BJP.
Even the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), the sole ally of the saffron party in the state, said the Centre’s move would not be able to fulfil the aspiration of the tribal people of the state.
Aiming to woo the tribal population in the Northeast ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Union Cabinet has approved constitutional amendments to increase the powers of the autonomous councils in the Sixth Schedule areas of the Northeast.