Kokrajhar, Jan. 29: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) has decided to resume its agitation on the separate statehood demand.
It has declared a series of agitation programmes like a 12-hour railway blockade on February 11 followed by highway blockades.
The union will also field its own Independent candidates in the Lok Sabha election in the constituencies under the BTAD and support a like-minded party or a candidate in other constituencies where it has a stronghold.
Addressing a mass gathering to demand Bodoland at Kadamtol in Baksa district today, Absu president Pramod Boro said the Bodos living in this region could never compromise on the statehood issue because the identity of the community was threatened under the present state of Assam.
“We are demanding Bodoland for equality, economic and social justice, political and civil rights and land rights, preservation of ethnic languages and culture. By creation of Bodoland we are seeking all-round development. We see no solution until Bodoland is created,” he said.
The union members said they had anticipated a permanent solution of the Bodoland issue through the ongoing process of tripartite talks but the sincerity of the government was in doubt as it failed to resolve the issue.
“It is a very unfair process of governance that the government of this largest democratic country in the world discriminates against its own citizens. The government provides justice to one community and injustice to the another,” Boro said.
He said the Bodos and the other indigenous people of the region have been participating in the movement for a separate state for the past 46 years, but the right to live in dignity with distinct identity with inherited land, political rights and legitimacy had been denied intentionally and repeatedly.
Leaders from various organisations like the People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement, Bodoland Peoples’ Progressive Front (BPPF) and NDFB (Progressive), United Democratic People’s Front (UDPF) also participated in the gathering.
The two-day annual convention of the Bodo National Conference (BNC) at Malivita in Chirang district concluded today.
The conference condemned the spate of killings, kidnapping and extortion by the NDFB (Songbijit).
“The BNC urged every organisation and party to stay away from unlawful, gruesome activities like killings and avoid extortion demands to traders and businessmen,” BNC president and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary said.
The conference also demanded rehabilitation of the displaced people in the 2012 riots in lower Assam’s Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts. It sought Rs 5 lakh compensation for each of the displaced families who have lost their home and property in the riots.