KOKRAJHAR, Sept 10: “Create separate Bodoland under Article 2 & 3 of the Constitution of India through political dialogue, otherwise face strong mass agitations in near future,” said All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) president Pramod Boro at a mass gathering at Kashikotra in Chirang on Tuesday.
The mass gathering was organised by ABSU along with National Democratic Front of Boroland – Progressive (NDFB-P) and People’s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM). Boro said that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has tactically been delaying the issues and demands of the Bodo people.
Boro said that the Bodoland movement is the oldest movement in the country, yet the Centre has declined to give justice to the Bodos who are sons of the soil in Assam.
The ABSU president criticised the Centre for failing to solve the commitments given during the 2014 Lok Sabha election on issues pertaining to Bodoland statehood.
He also said that the government should not think that Bodos have become weak on the issue.
“Bodos are always ready for carrying out mass agitations in support of Bodoland statehood in democratic ways,” he added. Boro said that Bodos have been demanding a separate Bodoland for five decades now, yet the government has been declining till today. “The BJP-led NDA government created two Union territories by bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir through Parliament session recently. Then why not Bodoland and some other new states in the country?” he asked.
Boro urged the NDA government to take political decision and policy to create Bodoland under Articles 2 & 3 of the Indian Constitution.
He said that over 5,000 people have been martyred and over 20,000 people were jailed for involvement in the Bodoland movement. Yet, the government has paid no heed to their demands.”The Bodoland statehood movement will be continued until and unless [we]achieve a separate state through political dialogue. Creation of Bodoland is the ultimate goal,” he said. The gathering was attended by thousands of people from different districts of the state, who shouted slogans seeking immediate creation of a Bodoland state.