Bodo bodies demand ST(Hills) status for Bodos in KA, Dima Hasao; Mass rally in Tezpur on Bodoland statehood demand

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HT Correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, Oct 12: Several Boroland pressure groups namely All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive), Peoples Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM) on Friday reiterated its four-decade-long demand for separate Boroland state under Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution of India.

The pressure group also demanded the government for giving political right to the Bodos living outside Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) and Schedule Tribe (Hills) status to the Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

To prove their might, the Bodo organisations on Friday organised a mass rally at Ghoramara near Tezpur in Sonitpur district, where more than 10,000 people from Bodo-dominated areas demanded further division of Assam to pave the way for creation of separate Boroland.

In his address, ABSU president Promod Boro questioned the BJP-led government in the Centre and the state why the electoral promises during 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 assembly elections were not fulfilled.

Boro said the government has been making inordinate delay in inviting the pressure groups for tripartite dialogue to discuss the vexed Bodo issues in New Delhi. He also said that the student body to go ahead with democratic movement till the Boroland state is achieved.

“Creation of Boroland is the ultimate goal,” Boro added.

Demanding ST(Hill) status to the Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, Boro urged the governments to implement the clauses of the Bodo Peace Accord signed with the Centre in 2003.

Former Rajya Sabha member Urkhao Gwra Brahma, NDFB-Progressive general secretary Gavinda Basumatary also spoke on the occasion and demanded the government for holding tripartite talks with the agitating groups on the statehood issue.

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