Kokrajhar, Aug. 19: The Bodoland Peoples’ Progressive Front (BPPF) today accused the Assam government of playing a “dirty game” and urged the Centre to formulate a clear-cut policy on tripartite talks for a permanent solution to the Bodo problem.
“The government should understand the gravity of the Bodoland movement. The statehood demand is a political one and should be settled through discussions at the highest political level so that it can be resolved once and for all,” BPPF president Rabiram Narzary, who is also a member of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) from Parbhatjhora constituency, told reporters here.
He alleged that the state government was trying to mislead agitating Bodo organisations by stating that the Centre had invited the groups for tripartite talks. “The so-called invitation letter, which was also delivered to us, does not mention any agenda, date or venue. It was not an official letter from the Prime Minister’s Office or the Union home ministry. It is a dirty game of the Congress in Dispur.”
“The government should adopt a clear-cut policy for inviting the groups for discussion and for solution to the Bodo issue,” he added.
The BPPF extended full support to the All Bodo Students Union (Absu)’s Bodoland movement and ruled out any such independent movement by the party.
Narzary, a former Absu president, blamed the Centre and the state government for forcing the Bodos to launch another “Bodoland” movement.
“It is unfortunate that the Bodos have to launch a fresh movement for a separate state for the third time. The Bodos are not to blame. The government is playing a deceptive role, forcing us to launch the movement. The Bodo leadership was told that there was no policy for creating new states in India, so the Bodoland Autonomous Council was formed and the BTC Accord signed. But now the Centre has taken the decision to create Telangana.”
Narzary also questioned the government move to send additional 25 companies of paramilitary forces in the BTAD and Karbi Anglong to check the agitating groups. “Instead of bringing a permanent solution through negotiation, they want to destabilise the democratic movement for Bodoland,” he alleged.