Kokrajhar, Sept. 13: The All Bodo Students Union organised a mass rally at Jalah, a town in Baksa district, today in support of its statehood demand.
More than 6,000 people from the town and its neighbouring areas attended the rally.
Leaders of Absu, the National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive), the Bodo People’s Progressive Front (BPPF) and the United Democratic People’s Front (UDPF) attended the rally.
Absu president Pramod Boro told the gathering that the union had launched a democratic and non-violent statehood movement and would continue the agitation till it achieved its goal.
“The Bodoland movement is for the constitutional and political rights for self-rule of the Bodos. It is a movement to protect the culture, traditions, literature and all aspects related to the growth of the community. It is a demand for existence as a separate state under the Constitution,” he said.
Boro said the government had done little to safeguard the interests of the tribal people, including protection of tribal belts and blocks and land rights.
“The state government has no scheme for development of the Bodos and other indigenous communities. The government has done little for the protection of the tribal belts and blocks, encroached upon by outsiders and illegal migrants.
He said the Bodos had experimented with two accords — the Bodoland Autonomous Council in 1993 and the Bodoland Territorial Council in 2003. But both had failed to fulfil their aspirations. He said a separate state was the ultimate dream of the Bodos.
Boro said they were determined to get a separate state and wanted the Centre to show its sincerity by creating Bodoland.