| Members of Absu participate in a rally in Kokrajhar on Wednesday. Telegraph picture |
Kokrajhar, Feb 19: A 10-member delegation of the All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) led by its president Pramod Boro left for New Delhi today to participate in the third round of tripartite talks between Bodo organisations, Centre and the state government scheduled to be held next Friday.
The influential students’ union today organised a rally in district and subdivisions’ headquarters in the proposed “Bodoland” state. Apart from Absu leaders, leaders of allied organisations demanding for a “Bodoland” state were also present.
In Kokrajhar, hundreds of students and people holding placards, banners and festoons came out on the streets and shouted slogans demanding creation of “Bodoland”. They participated in the rally that started from Raasmela field and ended at Mijing Nwgar via RNB-JD Road,
They shouted slogans like “No Bodoland, no rest”, “We want justice”, “If Telangana, why not Bodoland?”, “Divide Assam 50/50” and “Bodoland is our birthright”.
Similar rallies were also held at Kazigaon in Parbhatjhora subdivision, Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar, Kajalgaon and Bijni in Chirang and also in Baksa, Udalguri and Sonitpur districts.
The students’ union warned that if the third round of tripartite talks on Friday does not throw up a concrete result, the students will intensify agitation from mid-March — after the ongoing High School and Higher Secondary School Examinations — beginning with a 100-hour railway blockade that will extend to 500 and then to 1,000-hour blockades.
The union, which is spearheading the demand for a “Bodoland”, has said the Centre should find a solution to the Bodo problem at the earliest on the lines of Telangana.
“If the Centre does not come up with a concrete idea on creation of a Bodoland, there will be widespread protests and agitations,” Boro said before leaving for Delhi.
The Absu delegation hoped that the Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde would be present at the tripartite talks to solve the political demands of the Bodos.
The president of the Kokrajhar district committee of Absu, Lorence Islary, said the students’ union and the Bodo people welcome the creation of Telangana and want creation of Bodoland on the lines of Telangana. “If the UPA government can create Telangana, then why not Bodoland?”
Islary said the government must give equal justice and rights to all. He said the injustice done by the government may create unrest in Assam and other parts of the country.
Boro said it is the time the Centre took a clear-cut decision on “Bodoland” state issue.
He said the Bodos are determined for a separate “Bodoland” and want the government of India show its sincerity and create a “Bodoland state” carved out of Assam.
The “Bodoland” comprises 32 tribal belts and blocks, tribal sub-plant areas and adjoining tribal contiguous area covering 25,478 sq km on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra from Sankosh river in the west of Kokrajhar district bordering West Bengal to Sadia in the east along the foothills of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.