On the day of the floor test, new BTC chief Pramod Bodo of the UPPL or his predecessor Hagrama Mohilary of the BPF or someone projected by the party will have to prove the majority.
The general perception is that the BJP is trying to keep them away to thwart possible horse-trading by the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF)
BPF's Hagrama Mohilary and some of his colleagues had filed a writ petition challenging the constitutional validity of the appointment of the council’s Chief Executive Member and others.
Justice Suman Shyam on Friday directed the Department of Welfare of Plain Tribes to obtain an "instruction in the matter" and submit a report to the court."
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were among dignitaries in attendance.
The members were administered the oath of office by Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua at the Green Field Ground in Bodofa Nwgar here.
Pramod Bodo was sworn in as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the autonomous council at a programme held in Kokrajhar.
BPF President Hagrama Mohilary in a letter to Assam Governor Jagadish Mukhi requested that his party has emerged as the single largest party in the 40-member council.
Sajal Sinha, who was elected from Srirampur on the the Congress ticket, announced his decision to switch over to the saffron party in the presence of NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The UPPL has won 12 seats, BJP nine and GSP one seat in the elections for the 40-member council, while the Bodoland Peoples' Front (BPF) emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats.
The BJP-led Assam government has three cabinet ministers from the BPF -- Pramila Rani Brahma, Chandan Brahma and Rihon Daimary.
The 40-member new Council will be headed by UPPL Chief Promode Bodo, Sonowal told reporters after a meeting with the representatives of all the three parties.
The BPF and the BJP had contested the 40-seat Council polls separately with the former emerging as th single largest party with 17 seats and its ruling partner winning nine seats.
The BJP and the UPPL did not announce any formal alliance but both have indicated of a possible post-poll pact in case of a hung Council.
When reports last came in, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) was leading in 18 seats, United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) in 11, BJP in eight, Congress in one, and others in two.