Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary hoisting the tricolour at Kokrajhar Govt HS and MP school parade ground in Kokrajhar, Assam on 73rd Independence Day on Thursday

Kokrajhar: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary has urged militant outfits of Assam to shun violence and come forward to the mainstream for healthy growth and development of the region.

While hoisting the national tricolour at Kokrajhar Govt HS and MP school parade ground in Kokrajhar on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day on Thursday, Mohilary said that only a peaceful environment can pave the way for development. “Militant organisations must come forward to the mainstream and solve their demands and grievances through political dialogue,” he added.

Mohilary, who is also the chairperson of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), also hailed the scrapping of Article 37O and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir and said that the NDA government has initiated to bring equal rights and opportunities among the people of the country. “I welcome the move initiated by the NDA government,” he said.

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Currently, BPF is one of the major political parties ruling Assam in coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Meanwhile, Mohilary announced that a film studio will be set up in Kokrajhar with a budget of Rs 500 crore. “River erosion and flood issues will also be addressed in the BTAD region,” the former rebel leader announced.

A sports college in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) would be set up to facilitate sporting activities in the region, he added.

The BTAD consists of four contiguous districts — Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri and Chirang — in Assam.

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