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Bodo belt bandh called off

Kokrajhar, Jan. 19: The Peoples’ Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement has urged the Centre to concede to the demand for a separate state of Bodoland along with Telangana.

The committee withdrew its proposed 100-hour Bodo belt strike call from January 21 after the Centre acceded to its demand to hold tripartite talks with the NDFB (P) on the issue on January 31.

Speaking to reporters at the committee’s office here today, Gangadhar Ramchiary, chief adviser and spokesperson said, “We have learnt from a reliable source that the Centre will declare Telangana as a separate state on January 28. While we welcome the decision on Telangana, we strongly urge the Indian government to also concede to our demand for a separate state of Bodoland, failing which we would be compelled to intensify our agitation.”

Ramchiary further said, “The cry for Bodoland is justified in all respects — politically, socially, economically geographically, historically and constitutionally — which the Bodos and other indigenous communities have been demanding since 1967.”

“We are happy that the NDFB (P) is having a political dialogue with the Centre to resolve the Bodoland issue. We hope the government comes up with an amicable solution,” he said. Jebra Ram Muchahary, chief convener of the committee, said the strike was withdrawn as a mark of respect for the Centre, for showing a positive response to its demands to hold talks with the NDFB (P).

“We welcome the decision of the Centre to hold talks on January 31. We have decided to withdraw the proposed 100-hour Bodoland strike. We are hopeful that the talks between NDFB (P), the Centre and the Assam government will yield an acceptable solution,” Muchahary said.