| AKRSU members stage a demonstration at Udalguri. File picture |
Bongaigaon, Oct. 4: The Biswajit Ray and Hiteswar Barman factions of the All Koch-Rajbongshi Students Union (AKRSU) have welcomed the approval of Telangana by the Union cabinet yesterday.
In fact, both the factions of the students’ organisation are hopeful that MPs from the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) and Bengal would take up the issue of Kamtapur in the next Parliament session.
AKRSU general secretary of the Biswajit Ray faction, Pradeep Ray, said they would intensify their movement for Kamtapur with renewed vigour on the lines of Telangana.
“Since the BPF has formally announced its support to the Kamtapur demand, we expect a similar voice in favour of Kamtapur by Kokrajhar MP Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary in the next session of Parliament,” Ray said at a news conference here today.
He urged the Centre to arrange a tripartite talk soon to start work on the Kamtapur issue like Telangana.
The Hiteswar Barman faction of the union said it has already convinced some MPs of West Bengal to raise the Kamtapur issue in Parliament. Barman said MPs from Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar districts had assured them in this matter.
“MPs from rest of the four districts have been in touch with AKRSU leaders and are planning to take forward the Kamtapur issue in Parliament without harming their party ideology,” he said.
The proposed Kamtapur includes six districts of Bengal — Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Malda and Darjeeling (plains) — and 13 districts of Assam — Kokrajhar, Chirang, Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Baksa, Barpeta, Goalpara, Nalbari, Udalguri, Kamrup (rural), Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Mangaldoi.
Hiteswar Barman said as Kokrajhar MP S.K. Bwiswmuthiary won his seat by the votes of Bodo and Koch-Rajbongshi communities, he should also talk on Kamtapur in Parliament like the Bodoland issue.
Yesterday’s cabinet decision on Telangana did not have any impact today in the two hill districts of Assam — Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. “We welcome the government’s decision on Telangana. We expect New Delhi will seriously consider the Karbi Anglong issue as in the case of Telangana. Our strategy will be announced only after Durga Puja,” said HSDP leader Jagatsingh Engti.
The All Bodo Students Union and United Democratic People’s Front today urged upon the Centre to create a separate state of Bodoland under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution simultaneously with Telangana.