Guwahati, Aug. 19: The Aboro Suraksha Somittee, an umbrella organisation of 46 non-Bodo groups in Assam, today urged the government to consult all political parties and other groups before holding talks with groups agitating for “Bodoland” state.
The Somittee, which was formed in 2011, has been opposing division of the state and has decided to start an agitation to register its protest against the Bodoland movement.
Its secretary, Jogeswar Kalita, told The Telegraph today that they had resolved at a meeting, held at Howli in Barpeta district last evening, to urge the state government to equally consider the non-Bodo groups’ demands before holding discussions with those demanding a separate state.
“We adopted four resolutions — to urge the state government to snap relations with those leading the Bodoland state movement (Hagrama Mohilary), to initiate legal action against those disturbing law and order in the name of separate state agitation, to consult political parties and other organisations before talking to the agitating groups and to thoroughly study the historical background of the communities demanding separate state,” Kalita said.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi had announced on August 15 that New Delhi had agreed to hold tripartite talks with groups demanding separate states in Assam. The Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Front is an ally of the Congress at Dispur.
The Somittee’s stand comes a day after the Bodo National Conference (BNC), an umbrella organisation of several Bodo groups, met representatives of 15 non-Bodo groups here to “dispel the confusion and mistrust” growing among those opposing movement for Bodoland. The BNC had yesterday assured the groups that “Bodoland” would be for all communities and not just the Bodos.
The BNC said it would try to hold discussions with all groups opposing Bodoland but Kalita today said the Somittee was not willing to talk with the BNC as their talks with Bodo groups in the past had yielded no result.
The Somittee comprises groups like the All Bodo Minority Students’ Union, All Minority Students’ Union, Bengali Yuva Chatra Mancha, Asomiya Aikya Mancha and the Sarania Yuva Chatra Federation, among others.
Kalita urged the government to hold talks with the non-Bodo groups as 87 per cent of the population in the BTAD comprises non-Bodos.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) president Akhil Gogoi had recently rubbished the argument over population pattern, saying the Bodos had became minorities because of migration from Bihar, Bengal, Rajasthan and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal.
The Sanmilita Janajati Sangram Samity is organising a convention here on Sunday and has invited all groups opposing division of Assam.