Kokrajhar, Aug. 17: The All Bodo Students Union (Absu) has demanded a formal invitation from the Centre for tripartite talks on a separate Bodoland state, while students of Bodoland University, Kokrajhar, today staged a demonstration at the university gates.
The union’s president, Promode Boro, said, “We want a formal invitation from the government. There is no question of withdrawing our agitation till then.” He added that they would continue demonstrations and rallies for another 10 days.
“The Absu does not want to harass the common people. However, it will continue to fight for fundamental rights and the right to cultural uplift and social growth of the Bodos and other indigenous communities living in the proposed Bodoland region,” he said.
The union has announced a rally on Tuesday followed by an indefinite hunger strike on Thursday and a 24-hour railway blockade on September 10.
Boro said on August 15, they had received a letter from the principal secretary, home and political, about chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s meeting with central leaders in Delhi.
However, it was not an invitation for talks and there was no mention of a date either.
The NDFB (Progressive) also expressed dissatisfaction with the letter.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi had assured the group of fixing the date for tripartite talks by August 13.
Hundreds of students from various educational institutions in Kokrajhar today staged a demonstration demanding the creation of a Bodoland state at Bodoland University, Debargaon, in Kokrajhar.
Organised by the Bodoland University unit of the Absu, students from various colleges and higher secondary schools also joined the demonstration from 9am till noon.
The demonstrators carried banners and placards and shouted slogans like “We want Bodoland” and “Divide Assam 50/50”.
A memorandum was submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and others, stating the need for Bodoland.
The memorandum also justified the need for Bodoland and the reorganisation of states in the country.