| Absu president Pramod Boro addresses the crowd during the mass rally at Ghoramari in Sonitpur district of Assam on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Tezpur, Aug. 20: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) today said it would intensify its movement for a separate Bodoland state.
Addressing a massive rally today at the Ghoramari Higher Secondary School playground in Tezpur, the president of the students’ union, Pramod Boro, said nothing could stop the movement for a separate Bodoland as it was their right under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution.
Nearly 30,000 people attended the rally. “We are bound to expedite our movement so that the government tries to understand our democratic language,” Boro said.
The Absu leader said the state and the central governments could have settled the long-pending Bodoland issue much earlier. He alleged that though the Bodos tried to mingle with the greater Assamese society, the Assamese people did not try to understand their culture.
“But in the proposed Bodoland there will be equal participation of every caste and community. Equal rights will be the top priority,” he said. U.G. Brahma, former Rajya Sabha MP, said any movement seeking a permanent solution to a problem must be a democratic one.
“The BLT and NDFB are part of the peace talks with the Centre only to create Bodoland but the government is yet to deal with the issue sincerely,” he said.
Motilal Barman, the president of All Barman Kochari Students’ Union, and adviser to the Bengali Federation, Sushil Kumar Das, said they had no any objection to the creation of Bodoland.