PM Modi assures discussion on issues related to non-Bodos in BTR
Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured a delegation of Oboro Suraksha Samiti, a non-Bodo organisation, that his government will give a patient hearing to all issues and concerns of the non-Bodos in Bodo areas. The delegation was led by Lok Sabha MP from Bodoland Territorial Council area, Naba Kumar Sarania.
Speaking to EastMojo, Sarania said, “We met PM Modi along with minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati and they assured us that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at centre and state are committed to hearing issues of non-Bodos residing in BTC and they will sit down with us to discuss it soon”.
The delegation met PM during his brief stopover in Guwahati en-route to Kokrajhar. The PM was in Kokrajhar on Friday to join the celebrations of signing of the Bodo Accord.
“Members of the Oboro Samiti will have a meeting with the Assam government to discuss the modalities before our meeting with the Union government. This meeting is scheduled for February 12,” Sarania added.
Sarania further revealed that the delegation of non-Bodo communities also submitted a memorandum to PM Modi.
Earlier, Sarania did not attend the grand celebrations showing his concern for the issues raised by the non-Bodos in Bodo Territorial Region.
Addressing the media in Guwahati on Thursday, Sarania said that despite several requests made by the non-Bodo communities to take their issues into consideration while signing the Bodo agreement, the centre and the state did not pay heed.
Sarania alleged that many of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) cadres who recently laid down their arms and ammunition in front of state authorities, were seen moving around carrying weapons. “Right after signing of their peace agreement there are reports of Bodo militants threatening the Oboros residing in the region”, Sarania alleged.
Sarania further said that if the government fails to address their issues and concerns then they would approach the courts to ensure that their rights are secured after the creation of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).
PM Modi was accorded a grand welcome at Jangkhritai Pwthar, the venue of the celebrations in Kokrajhar today.