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NDFB groups urge Delhi to resolve issue

Kokrajhar, Oct. 3: Both Ranjan Daimary and Dhiren Boro factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland requested the Centre to solve the Bodo imbroglio at the earliest on the NDFB’s 26th raising day today.

In a statement, NDFB (Daimary)’s information and publicity secretary B. Naijab urged the Centre to resolve the “Boroland problem politically”. The group said it respects the government of India and has adhered to the unilateral ceasefire since it was declared on August 1 last year. “So the government of India has to respect us also,” it added.

It hoped Delhi would speed up the peace process by releasing the group’s president, Ranjan Daimary, and other jailed leaders and hold talks as soon as possible.

It said the NDFB has been fighting long for a homeland and urged the Centre to “recognise, respect and accept the legitimate and historical rights of the Boro people” and allow them “to survive with dignity and honour” in a separate territory of their own.

The NDFB (Progressive) expressed dissatisfaction over the delay in peace talks and accused the government of “playing politics” over the Bodoland issue.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the NDFB’s raising day function at the faction’s designated camp at Serfanguri Kumguri in Kokrajhar today, the group’s president Dhiren Boro alias B. Sungthagra accused the government of being apathetic to the welfare of the indigenous people.

“They always play political conspiracy over the issues. The government is not interested in solving the problems and demands of the Boro people like Boroland for which the NDFB has fought since 1986,” he said.

He said the NDFB (P) has had more than 30 official and non-official talks with the government over Bodoland since 2009, yet there was “no positive development” till now.

He urged Delhi and Dispur to solve the Bodoland issue at the earliest for permanent peace in the state.

He also urged the government to take proper steps to detect and deport illegal migrants.

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