Kokrajhar, March 31: The Bodo Sahitya Sabha — the apex literary organisation of the Bodos — has criticised the Assam government for being “anti–Bodo medium and anti-tribal” and decided to work against the ruling Congress in the upcoming general elections.
Bodo Sahitya Sabha general secretary Kamala Kanta Muchahary said the Sabha has decided not to co-operate with the state government for neglecting all its demands related to Bodo-medium education.
The sabha has also appealed to all Bodo organisations and people to not vote for the Congress and its candidates.
“We have decided not to help the Congress because the Assam government has willingly neglected the education-related issues, in spite of the guidelines stated in the RTE Act, 2009,” Muchahary said.
The Sabha had been demanding the creation of a separate directorate for Bodo-medium education, provincialisation of Bodo-medium institutions, appointment of teachers and timely distribution of textbooks.
At an executive meeting held at J.B. Hagjer Bhawan in Guwahati yesterday — under the leadership of Dr Kameswar Brahma — the Sabha decided to appeal to voters in the BTC region to caste their votes neutrally and peacefully to the candidates who care for Bodo issues.
The Sabha also decided to send a 25-member delegation to New Delhi after the new Parliament is formed to place their demands in front of the President, Prime Minister, home minister and human resource development minister.
At the meeting, one minute of silence was observed in honour of noted litterateur, scholar and writer Madhuram Boro and artist Nagen Daimary. It was also decided that a special delegate session would be held at the Socio-Literary Cultural Complex of Bodo Sahitya Sabha at Bathoupuri, in Guwahati to discuss the agitation strategy after the 16th general elections, Muchahary stated in a press release.