Assam’s Bodoland movement is the oldest movement in country, yet Centre has declined to give justice to the tribal community, says the Bodo student leader
Kokrajhar: "Create separate Bodoland statehood under Article 2 & 3 of Indian Constitution through political dialogue, otherwise face strong mass agitations in near future,” said All Bodo Student's Union (ABSU) president Pramod Boro at a mass gathering led by the students’ body along with National Democratic Front of Boroland - Progressive (NDFB-P) and People’s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) on Tuesday.
While speaking exclusively with EastMojo at Kashikotra in Assam’s Chirang district, Boro said that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has tactically been delaying the issues and demands of the Bodo people.
He said that the Bodoland movement is the oldest movement in the country, yet the Centre has declined to give justice to the Bodos who are sons of the soil in Assam. He criticised the BJP-led NDA government for failing to solve the commitments given during the 2014 Lok Sabha election on issues pertaining to Bodoland statehood.
He said that the government should not think that Bodos have become weak on the issue. “Bodos are always ready for carrying out mass agitations in support of Bodoland statehood in democratic ways,” he added.
The ABSU president said that Bodos have been demanding a separate Bodoland for five decades now, yet the government has been declining till today. "The BJP-led NDA government created two Union territories by bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir through Parliament session recently. Then why not Bodoland and some other new states in the country?” he asked.
Boro urged the NDA government to take political decision and policy to create Bodoland under Articles 2 & 3 of the Indian Constitution.
He said that over 5,000 people have been martyred and over 20,000 people were jailed for involvement in the Bodoland movement. Yet, the government has paid no heed to the their demands.
"The Bodoland statehood movement will be continued until and unless [we] achieve a separate state through political dialogue. Creation of Bodoland is the ultimate goal,” he said.
Meanwhile, NDFB-P president Gavinda Basumatary said that the government has delayed the Bodoland issue for their political strategies, that is why Bodos are not getting Bodoland. He affirmed that the movement will continue in coming days seeking Bodoland through political dialogue.
The gathering was attended by thousands of people from different districts of the state, who shouted slogans seeking immediate creation of a Bodoland state.