GUWAHATI, Aug 2 – Several organisations including the O-Boro (non-Boro) Surakshya Samiti, today told Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi that formation of the BTC under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution was a Himalayan blunder.
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister at his office chamber here, these organisations also placed the demand for reviewing the Bodo Accord and evolving an alternative to the Bodo autonomy issue.
The organisations explained in detail as to how the 2003 Bodo Accord has created a favourable condition for permanent ethnic clashes in Lower Assam districts and the Chief Minister talked to the delegation of the organisations for about 45 minutes.
The members of the delegation told the Chief Minister that permanent peace could not be established in the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) areas through mere administrative measures and speeches of the political leaders. Because, the Bodo Accord has provided political encouragement to the Bodo chauvinist forces to launch ethnic cleansing drives.
The Accord was signed without taking into confidence the people of the other ethnic groups living in the BTAD areas, said the delegation members. They also told the Chief Minister that the inmates of the relief camps have been facing inhuman condition.
The delegation included Jogesh Kalita, Purnakanta Mahanta, Nagen Deka and Dilowar Islam of the O-Boro Surakshya Samiti, Dibyajyoti Barua, Kalidas Baishya and Saddam Hussain of the Sachetan Gana Mancha, Brajen Mahanta of the Janagosthiya Sangram Samiti and former URMCA president Hareswar Barman, said a press release here.