KOKRAJHAR, Aug 8 - The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) on Thursday staged a three-hour sit-in demonstration in front of the Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding permanent solution to the long-pending demand for a Bodoland state and other related issues.
Leaders of ABSU, National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Progressive (NDFB-P) and People’s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) joined the demonstration programme.
The ABSU leaders submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Deputy Commissioner. In the memorandum, the ABSU demanded a national policy for settlement of the Bodoland issue and expedition of the dialogue process, fulfilling of the BJP’s commitments as given in the 2014 election manifesto, ensuring political rights for Bodos living in Assam outside the proposed Bodoland area and granting ST (Hills) status to Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, etc.
“ABSU believes that the manner in which the Union Ministry of Law & Justice has issued the notification invoking powers under Article 370(1) of the Constitution, it is obvious that creation of the Union Territory of Ladakh without a legislature and Jammu & Kashmir with legislature was a decision of political convenience. It is also obvious that the BJP has sufficient majority in both the houses to create new States/Union Territories. It is also in favour of creation of small states as per its Bhubaneswar Convention of 1996. It cannot have any excuse for not creating other states that are demanding separation from the existing one,” the ABSU memorandum stated.
ABSU general secretary Lorence Islary, PJACBM’s deputy chief convener Garjan Mashahary, UPPL vice president Prativa Brahma also took part in the protest.