Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma taking stock of the preparations in Kokrajhar on Tuesday Credit: EastMojo image

Kokrajhar: Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday reviewed the progress work for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit scheduled in Kokrajhar on Friday to be part of the celebrations over the Bodo Accord which was signed on January 27 in a tripartite peace talks that created Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).

Sarma inspected the venue and talked with BTC administration leaders, organisers of the event and took stock of the preparation. He said that necessary arrangement and preparations have made and the event will be historic.

With merely two days left for the PM’s visit, preparations are going on in full swing for celebrations where over 5 lakh people are expected to attend.

The PM’s visit will be organised at Jangkhritai Pwthar near the new flyover covering over a thousand bigha of land in Kokrajhar that has been prepared for the grand celebration to accord a warm welcome to the BTR accord.

The programme has been jointly organised by the Centre, state government and Bodo Accord signatories including All Bodo Students’ Union, all factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) to mark the third historic Bodo Accord.

Necessary preparation and arrangements including helipad, main pandal, and venue roads have been made at the venue which is under strict security vigil.

PM Modi will arrive in Kokrajhar in a chartered helicopter.

The grand celebration is going to witness ‘Bagurumba’ dance which will be presented by 100 Bodo girls to accord warm welcome to PM Modi.

A group of members from SPG have arrived in Kokrajhar on Tuesday and they are taking stock about development of preparation and arrangements.

The district administration and police have so far deployed strong security measures in the district to ensure a peaceful environment during the visit.

Notably, Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) administration declared local holiday on February 7 in four districts of the council on the day of PM’s visit.

Also Read: Assam: Holiday in 4 BTAD districts on Feb 7 to mark Bodo Accord

Several leaders from ABSU, civil society members including ABSU general secretary Lawrence Islary, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, Assam tourism minister Chandan Brahma, former Rajya Sabha MP UG Brahma, BTC administration members are taking note of the ongoing preparation as necessary measures are being initiated.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will be visiting Kokrajhar on Wednesday to take stock of the preparation ahead of the PM’s visit. He is likely to arrive at 1 pm in Kokrajhar and a meeting will be held with programme organisers, top security officials and BTC leaders.

ABSU general secretary Islary said that PM’s visit is going to witness a huge crowd of more than five lakh as the entire community is waiting to celebrate the Bodo Accord. “Necessary arrangement and preparations are going on in a speedy manner,” he added.

The ABSU appealed all communities of Bodoland to come at the grand celebration and welcome Prime Minister at the venue. “This day is going to be historic and significant day for Bodoland to have the PM amidst the dawn of permanent peace in the entire northeastern India,” he added.

Former Rajya Sabha MP UG Brahma extended a similar request to the masses.

Rajya Sabha MP and senior BPF leader Biswajit Daimary extended thanks to the government of India and Assam for inking the BTR Accord with the Bodoland movement groups on January 27.

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