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NDFB-R hits back at Songbijit

- Terms decision ‘illegal’

Kokrajhar, Nov. 23: The Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-R) termed the interim national council and appointment of I.K. Songbijit as the “interim president” illegal, unacceptable and unconstitutional.

In a press statement, signed by assistant information and publicity secretary of the NDFB-R, B. Samijing, issued to the media today it was stated that “the formation of the so-called interim national council by the general meeting held on November 13 and 14, under the chairmanship I.K. Songbijit (chief of army staff, Boroland Army), without the resolution of the national council is illegal, unacceptable and unconstitutional”.

The statement said there was absolutely no reason to form the interim council as the present council is in place. “We have faith in our founder president D.R. Nabla and we are with him,” it said, adding that “the national council constituted on July 13, 2011, is legally binding according to the constitution of the NDFB”.

“The ceasefire declared by the NDFB on August 1, 2011, and through the initiation of the peace process with the government of India we continue to find political solution to the conflict,” the statement said and “appealed to Boro organisations and people to remain united and calm at this hour”.

Songbijit on Tuesday announced the formation of an “interim national council” and appointed himself the “interim president”, fuelling speculation of another split in the organisation led by Ranjan Daimary, who is in Guwahati Central Jail.

A statement signed by Songbijit stated that the “council (a decision-making body of the party) has been formed for a term of one year and nine NDFB members have been elected to the interim council”.

According to the release, this decision was taken at the general meeting of the outfit held on November 13 and 14 at an undisclosed location.

It added that the meeting also unanimously resolved to appoint “captain” G. Bidai the deputy chief of Boroland Army and “vowed to work and fight together with vigour and determination to liberate Boroland and western southeast Asia (Northeast)”.