Tezpur, Nov. 7: The People’s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement has called a 36-hour Assam general strike from Friday, demanding speeding up of the dialogue with National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) and to solve the Bodoland issue during the winter session of Parliament.
The strike will begin from 5am on November 9 till 5pm the next day.
Essential services such as electricity, medical services, newspapers, milk and social functions like weddings, religious ceremonies or functions have been exempted from the purview of the strike.
In a statement issued today, the committee said the Bodos were committed to having a separate state of their own.
“It is beyond contradiction that from the point of view of history, ethnic identity, language, culture and constitutional provisions, the Bodos have every right to have a state of their own. During the last 45 years of the Bodoland movement, thousands have sacrificed their lives and more are ready to sacrifice themselves for the cause. The government of India should realise the fact that the demands of separate state for the indigenous people of the Northeast could never be resolved by any alternative arrangements,” the statement said.
The joint action committee is an umbrella organisation of 52 groups representing various communities in Assam.
The committee also said the arrangements provided to Bodo people under the two accords of 1993 and 2003, had attempted and experimented to solve the problem by giving autonomous rule to the Bodo people but it proved to be a failure.
The movement for statehood has been revived and gaining momentum and would continue till the state of Bodoland was achieved, the statement said.
“We are aware of the fact that the NDFB (P) has taken up the cause of Bodo people. It has been knocking on the Centre’s door for the last seven years with the demand to create Bodoland according to the provisions of Articles 2 and 3 of the Indian Constitution,” the statement said.
The committee appealed to the people to cooperate with them for the greater interest of bringing permanent peace in the region and a separate state for Bodos and other indigenous people living on the north bank of the Brahmaputra.