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Riots, peace talks on Bodo meet agenda

Kokrajhar, Dec. 13: Discussions on violence in the BTAD and neighbouring districts as well as talks with the NDFB and the Centre are likely to figure prominently in the second annual convention of the Bodo National Conference (BNC).

It will be held at Bodofa Nwgwr near the BTC secretariat in Kokrajhar on Monday and Tuesday.

A senior BNC functionary said the convention would discuss a range of topics, including politics, economy, culture and education.

“Discussions on the present turmoil and violence in Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Chirang, the issue of influx and also that of peace talks with the NDFB will be discussed in details. The convention will discuss peace and unity for the greater interest of the people,” he said.

The BNC, formed in November 2010, is a conglomeration of various organisations and parties of the Bodos. It was set up primarily to ensure peace and unity in the Bodo belt. The organisations promised to work in a united manner for all-round development of the community, including a separate Bodoland.

Since its formation, the BNC has been working on its objectives like initiating a united movement and chalking out a plan for creation of a separate Bodoland, ensure peace in the BTAD and bringing the NDFB and government together for peace talks to resolve long-standing political problems.

Preparation for two days’ colourful programme is in full swing at Bodofa Nwgwr —the venue of the programme.

Chairman of the observance committee Hemandra Nath Brahma said around 15,000 delegates and observers are likely to participate. He said separate sub-committees for food and culture had been created for smooth conduct of the convention.

A programme showcasing culture and traditional dances of various ethnic and indigenous communities of the region, especially Assam, will be showcased during the two-day programme.

The convention was first scheduled to be held on November 17 and 18 at Kakilabari in Baksa, but it was postponed because of violence in Kokrajhar and adjoining districts. The venue and date were later shifted to Kokrajhar.