Three powerful Bodo organisations – All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive) and People’s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) today called on the Central government to initiate dialogue to resolve the longstanding demand for creating Bodoland state at an early date.
Addressing a joint press conference at Bodofa House, Kokrajhar, the three organisations also urged the Centre to hold the political level tripartite dialogue before 26th April, to ensure the political rights of the Bodos living in Assam outside proposed Bodoland, and to grant Schedule Tribe Hills (ST-H) status to the Bodos living in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district.
They warned that if the Centre fails to hold tripartite talk before 26th April, “Betrayal Day” will be observed on 26th April; five days national highway blockade will be launched from 2nd May; and a 36 hours long Chakka Bandh will follow.
The organisations came down heavily on two union ministers of state for home, Kiren Rijiju and Hansraj Gangaram Ahir for their recent comments over Bodoland state, which they termed as “abominable and against the provisions of the Constitution of India”.
The organisations accused MoS Kiren Rijiju of making a dubious and distorting statement to media recently by stating that NDFB having factions were not in unanimity to each other in regards to their demands for which it might not be possible to bring early solution to their case.
“Mr. Rijiju has said an out and out lie. The fact is that no formal talk is being held with the NDFB of Mr. D. R. Nabla group. Whatever tripartite talk is being held so far is only with the NDFB (P). How could Mr. Rijiju say that there is difference of opinion and demands of different factions of the NDFB without holding tripartite talk with both? His statement is false, baseless and without substance. It was nothing but a ploy to hoodwink the people of their failure and unwillingness to resolve the longstanding demand for creating Bodoland state. Except being self complacence with ego that he is the minister of Cabinet rank he has utterly failed to fulfil the people’s aspiration of the North East,” they added.
They also condemned a recent statement of MoS Ahir in the parliament, in which he said that new state are created only when mother state is willing and unanimous on the issue. “His statement has proved that Mr. Ahir is totally ignorant of the history as to how the states have been created in India from time to time,” they said.
Lashing out at the current government at the Centre, the three influential bodies regretted that the Centre has failed to keep the commitment made to resolve the statehood demand in various part of the country including Bodoland.
Promod Boro, President of ABSU, Gobinda Ch. Basumatari, General Secretary of NDFB (P) and Rakesh Boro, Chief Convenor of PJACBM have addressed the media.