Kokrajhar, Jan. 29: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) has threatened to intensify its agitation and paralyse the region if the government fails to provide a separate state to the Bodos under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution.
Absu’s Kokrajhar district committee president Lorence Islary, after hoisting the student union’s flag to mark the 44th annual conference of the district unit at Bongshigaon high school field, said the Absu would block National Highway 31C and the railway line that passes through the Bodo belt if the “situation demands”.
The conference discu- ssed the issue of a separate state.
“The Absu has been working for the development of Bodos and for a separate state. Since 1967, the Bodos have been demanding Bodoland for their self-identity but the government has not responded to the issue in the past 45 years,” he said.
He warned that if the Centre creates Telangana and not Bodoland, they would launch a “movement” and “the government would be solely responsible for any untoward incidents”.
“We urged the Congress led-UPA government to take adequate steps to find a solution of the Bodo issue immediately,” he said, adding, “The Absu is in favour of smaller states and urges the government to address the state demand by instituting a second state reorganisation commission to ensure equality, and rapid and all-round development in the country.”
Islary said besides the demand for a separate state, the Absu has responsibilities towards the uplift of the society such as “mission of quality education”.
He said the literacy rate in Assam had increased to 73 per cent but the Bodos and other indigenous people were lagging behind in the field of education because the government had not set up schools and colleges in areas inhabited by indigenous people. He urged the government to implement the Right to Education Act properly in the region.
A seminar on Impact of Socio-economic issues in the Legal Redressal system was held during the conference.
Saito Basumatary, an advocate of Gauhati High Court and a legal activist, attended the seminar as a resource person.