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Sahitya Sabha to leave BNC

Kokrajhar, Aug. 1: The Bodo Sahitya Sabha is likely to come out of the Bodo National Conference, a conglomeration of various organisations.

The Sabha, in its emergent meeting at JB Hager Bhavan in Guwahati a few days ago, adopted a resolution to move away from the BNC, citing various reasons.

BSS general secretary Kamla Kanta Muchahary said it wanted the conference to be led by a non-political leader.

He said the Sabha had given the council two months’ time to change its leadership.

“As an independent parent organisation of the Bodos, the Sabha on many occasions cannot raise its independent voice on certain issues as it has to act under the command of the BNC, which is run by a party,” said Muchahary.

He said the Sabha would continue to be part of the council if the leadership is changed.

BTC chief and president of the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) Hagrama Mohilary heads the BNC.

“The BSS became a member of the BNC for the greater interest of the Bodo people. However, at present, there are some technical intricacies which are preventing us from being part of the Conference,” Muchahary said.

Earlier in 2013, the BSS adopted a similar resolution to withdraw its membership from the BNC but had withdrawn its decision.

The Bodo National Conference has asked the Sabha to reconsider its decision.

The convener of the conference, Anjali Daimary, said it has appealed to the Sabha to reconsider the decision again.

She said the problems of the Sabha would be solved through mutual discussion and understanding.

The BNC had expressed serious concern over the prevailing law and order situation in the BTAD.

Anjali said political conspiracy could not be ruled out behind the rise in crime.

There was no question of inability on the part of the government of Assam to control the law and order situation if the government had serious concerns about the deteriorating condition.

“The BNC urged every organisation and party to stay away from unlawful activities like killing and extortion,” she said.