Kokrajhar, Sept. 10: Bodo Sahitya Sabha, the apex Bodo literary body, is likely to come out of the Bodo National Conference (BNC), a conglomeration of various organisations.
The Sabha adopted a resolution to withdraw its membership from the BNC at a meeting held here yesterday.
It, however, said it would wait for the outcome of the BNC’s next meeting in Guwahati on September 15 to take a final call.
“If the BNC fails to take a decision on Bodoland movement by bringing together various organisations, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha will come out of the BNC the same day,” the Sabha stated in its resolution, a copy of which is with The Telegraph.
The Sabha’s decision comes after BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary, who is also the BNC president, termed the agitations by groups demanding and opposing statehood as a political gimmick aimed at deriving mileage ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
His statement drew sharp criticism from various quarters.
Mohilary had also admitted that his demand for a state, too, had a political agenda like “others”.
Later, Mohilary, president of Bodoland Peoples’ Front, an ally in the Congress-led ruling coalition, tried to defend himself by saying that he had never said he did not want Bodoland but that it was not possible at present as the Centre had no plans to create more states.
Expressing concern over Mohilary’s statement, the Bodo literary body requested him to abstain from making such comments that could create confusion among the people and break the unity of the Bodos.
The Sabha is also against the resolution adopted in the BNC meeting of September 4 where it barred its member organisations from participating in agitations or movements organised by other groups (read Absu and its allied units).
The Sabha resolved to urge the BNC to withdraw this resolution.