| Hagrama Mohilary |
Kokrajhar, Sept. 7: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary today termed the ongoing statehood agitations by various groups as political gimmick aimed at deriving benefits during the 2014 parliamentary elections.
He admitted that his demand for state, too, had a political agenda, like “the others”.
Mohilary’s statement comes two days after an 11-member team of the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), of which he is the president, and a 13-member team of the Bodo National Conference held tripartite talks on “Bodoland” with central and Assam government officials on September 5.
Besides the consistent demand for Bodoland state “on the lines of Telangana”, one of the principal demands of BPF is transferring subjects of finance and law and order to the BTC.
“The statehood movement is a political gimmick aimed at gaining mileage for the next parliamentary elections in 2014. All those parties or organisations who are demanding separate states have only one agenda — making a mark in the next parliamentary elections,” Mohilary said while addressing a public meeting at the Bodofa cultural complex auditorium here.
Mohilary said he had to raise his voice for a separate Bodoland as the Bodo people wanted it.
“The Bodo public wants Bodoland and as a Bodo person and a leader of political party, I had to join the chorus like the others parties and organisations. Otherwise, the Bodo people will hate me, go against me,” he said.
He said at present the Centre has no plan to create more states and everybody knows that new states will not be created.
Regarding those opposing statehood, the BPF president said, “Even those opposing creation of separate states have an eye on parliamentary elections.”
He urged all sections of the community not to get carried away by false propaganda and asked them to maintain peace and harmony in the state.