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BTR signatories welcomed at Gossaigaon
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 GOSSAIGAON, Feb 14 - A public meeting was held here today to welcome all the signatories of the BTR Accord signed on January 27 in New Delhi. The programme was held at Gandhi Nwgwr Pwthr, here.

Before the meeting, a peace rally moved round Gossaigaon town which was flagged off by Rahindra Brahma, president, Gossaigaon District Sports Association and ex-MCLA, BTC. The welcome meeting was presided over by Dr Manjil Basumatary, chairperson, organising committee for ‘Welcoming BTR Accord Signatories’. At first, a condolence meeting was held by observing one-minute silence for the departed souls of the Bodo movement. Raju Kr. Narzary explained the purpose of the meeting and introduced the guests. Bhabani Baglary, convenor, welcomed the guests by offering aronais. Various organisations also welcomed the signatories by offering aronais. Gobinda Basumatary and Promod Boro were offered warm and hearty welcomes.

Promod Boro, former president of ABSU in his speech urged upon all sections of people living in BTR to maintain peace and brotherhood for the restoration of development in the area. He reiterated that without peace, no development was possible. “A lot of educational, economical, social and scientific facilities have been promised by the Centre through the agreement. A Central University, Sankardev Kalakshetra like institutions have been possible through the accord whose benefits all people will avail,” he reiterated.

Gobinda Basumatary, president, NDFB (P) urged all people living in the BTR to understand the mind of the Bodo leaders and Bodo people. He said that the accord signed between Central and State governments and the ABSU should be given importance for the all-round development of the BTR. “With a 40-year-long struggle for a separate State of Bodoland, the agitating Bodo people have expressed their solidarity for creating a BTR without bifurcation of Assam. So, the real facts of the creation of BTR should be realised by the non-Bodo people living in the BTR also,” he stated. On the other hand, he requested the people of BTR to attentively read the accord and then express their minds. “Take the fruits of the accord amicably without feeling disturbed. The associated State language will not hamper Assamese language, rather it would nurture the Bodo-Assamese relationship further,” he said, thanking the signatories of the Bodo Accord. “The residents of the BTR will get a new lease of development on all fronts. Now, we should come forward to get the fruits of the Accord irrespective of caste, creed and religion. It is time to get united as there is no future of extremism in BTR,” he added. The vote of thanks was offered by Raju Kr Narzary. Two little artists performed dances in the programme, which was very attractive.

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