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Club us with Telangana, says NDFB

Kokrajhar, Dec. 6: The National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) has urged the Centre to include the issue of a separate state of Bodoland in the forthcoming all-party meeting to discuss Telangana in the later part of this month.

The information and publicity secretary, NDFB (P), S. Sanjarang, in a statement issued today welcomed the statement of Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in the Lok Sabha. Shinde has convened the meeting to discuss the issue of a separate state of Telangana in the last part of this month.

Sanjarang appealed to the Centre, particularly Shinde, to include the issue of a separate state of Bodoland in the meeting.

The NDFB (P) said denial of statehood to the Bodo people by New Delhi is not only a historical injustice but also a gross violation of the Constitution itself.

“The Bodos and other indigenous tribal people are sons of the soil of Assam. They have a distinct identity with unique history, language, culture and tradition; they form the largest number of population among the indigenous people of the region and have been struggling for a separate state within the Constitution for the last 45 years. During the last 45 years’ history of struggle for Bodoland, thousands of Bodo people have sacrificed their valuable lives and many new states were created in India. The Bodo people have every right to a separate state. Despite having all the conditions for being granted statehood, the Bodo people are discriminated against and denied their constitutional right. The Bodo people have been discriminated against just because of their non-Indian originality,” the statement said.