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Absu links Bodoland to Telangana

Kokrajhar, Jan. 9: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) today warned of a massive movement if Bodoland is not formed by the time the Telangana region gets statehood.

It also criticised the Centre for “isolating” the Bodoland issue.

The union demanded institution of a state reorganisation commission and said the creation of Bodoland would lead to sustainable peace and prosperity in the region.

At a news conference at Absu office — Bodofa House — in Kokrajhar, the union’s general secretary, Jiron Basumatary, said: “The Centre created three new states in 2000 and ignored Bodoland. This time also the Centre is sidelining the issue of Bodoland. This is discrimination and designed to isolate our legitimate demand for a separate state of Bodoland.

“If Telengana is going to be created, why not Bodoland? Autonomy with amended arrangement and limited mandate cannot fulfil our aspirations. We will not accept this indifferent attitude of the government.”

“The government does not value Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution and is discriminating against the indigenous people of the region. Any isolated decision on creation of a new state in the country will not be tolerated. There must be comprehensive policy,” Basumatary said. “Creation of Bodoland through a pragmatic and comprehensive policy is the one and only way to do justice to the millions of Bodos in the region.”

He called for the release of jailed NDFB leader Ranjan Daimary to facilitate the peace process. “The government should hold the bilateral talks for a lasting solution to the problem. It should not be only a dialogue. It should be in letter and spirit.”