Kokrajhar: Amid reports that the unification of all the four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) will take place at Tamulpur in Assam’s Baksa district on February 12, speculations are rife that a new political platform with all the members of the NDFB will also be announced on that day.
It is widely speculated that the convention has been organised on February 12 to form the political platform of the NDFB.
However, refuting the reports of fixing the date for formation of a political party, B Ferenga, general secretary of NDFB (S), said that he was not aware of any such development.
“Yes, all the four factions of the NDFB, who are signatories of the historic Bodo peace accord, are planning for a unification, but no date has been finalised. Regarding formation of a political platform, we have not discussed anything in this regard. Our main agenda is to uplift the standard of the Bodo community in days to come,” he said.
When asked about the meeting to be held in Tamulpur, Ferenga said that he or his group has not received any such information from any sources. Regarding formation of a new political outfit by the NDFB, the former rebel leader said, “Time will decide everything.”
Reacting to the reports of formation of a new political party by the NDFB, chairman of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and president of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) Hagrama Mohilary said that the new political outfit won’t be able to affect his party.
Mohilary was interacting with media persons after paying homage to Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma at BTC Secretariat followed by hoisting of national flag as part of celebrations of Bodoland Day in Kokrajhar on Monday.
Apart from laying the foundation stone to construct Kokrajhar Sports College at Bangaldoba near Titaguri in Kokrajhar, Mohilary also inaugurated newly constructed office building of Joint director of Economics & Statistics at Kokrajhar Bagicha near Gaurang Bridge.
Participating in the meeting, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also inaugurated the newly constructed Kokrajhar Planetarium in Dimalgaon.
Various awards were also distributed as a part of the event. Noted author Tiren Boro of Rowta Udalguri has been named for Pramod Chandra Brahma literary award 2019-20. The award has been constituted by BTC administration for those who are contributing towards uplift of Bodo literature. The award carries Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a memento.
Leading Bodo music composer, film director and former president of Dularai Bodo Harimu Afad, Rahendra Nath Brahma, was named for Nileswar Brahma Cultural Award for 2019-20. The award also carries Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a memento.
A total of 284 pro-talk rebels of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), who hailed from the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) and died during the armed struggle, will be given ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each during the programme.