Guwahati: Thousands of Bodo people, who bring together on Friday at Amingaon in lower Assam’s Kamrup district to attend a mass rally under the banner of the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), undertakes to strengthen their struggle for the creation of a separate State of Bodoland, to be fixed out of Assam.
The rally marked the completion of 25 years of the statehood movement leads by the apex student body of the Bodos, the major plains tribe of Assam.
Addressing the assembly, ABSU president Pramod Boro claimed that the Centre instantly start a political dialogue on the matter. He pointed out that after the statehood movement was revitalized in 1996, the Centre had told Bodo leaders that it had no policy to make new States.
Boro said that “However, in 2000, the government created three new States, while turning down the demand for a separate Bodoland. Again, at the time of signing the second Bodo Accord, the Centre told the Bodoland Liberation Tigers leaders that it had no policy to create a new State and hence an arrangement under the amended provisions of the Sixth Schedule had to be accepted in lieu of statehood.”
“If the Government of India creates a new State of Telangana by denying the long standing demand for Bodoland, it would be unjust to the aboriginal Bodo people. Therefore, we urge the Government of India to create Bodoland in line with the creation of any new State in the country,” Boro added.
The ABSU leaders also said that the stand up taken by the Assam government that the State cannot be further divided has no logic or meaning.