Kokrajhar, Sept. 26: The Biswajit Roy faction of the All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union, which is demanding a separate Kamtapur state, and the Bodoland People’s Front, which is agitating for Bodoland, held a meeting at PWD guest house here today.
While the BPF was represented by its president Hagrama Mohilary, who is also the chief executive member of the Bodoland Territorial Council and senior party members, including Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, the AKSRU delegation comprised the faction’s president Biswajit Roy and general secretary Pradip Roy, among others.
The boundaries of Bodoland and Kamtapur overlap. The proposed area for Bodoland stretches across 25,000 square km, from the Sankosh river in the west to Sadiya in the east, along the foothills of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. The Koch Rajbongsis are demanding Kamtapur by carving out six districts of North Bengal and 15 districts of Assam.
Mohilary told reporters that his party would support the demand for Kamtapur and granting of ST status to the Koch Rajbongshis. “We (the BPF) support granting of ST status to the Koch Rajbongshi community and creation of Kamtapur state,” he said.
Roy said the result of the meeting was positive. He said the BPF had promised to help and support the AKRSU.
On the controversy regarding the overlapping territory of Bodoland and Kamtapur, Roy said: “We have never opposed the demand for Bodoland. The boundary issue is not a problem and can be solved mutually,” he said.
He said the demand for creation of Kamtapur did not mean opposing the demand for Bodoland. He also said the ethnic aspirations and identity crisis of the indigenous people of Assam had prompted the demands for creation of separate states.