ABSU once again have taken the path of democratic agitation for Bodoland, by organising a mega People’s Gathering in Assam’s Kajalgaon.
The All Bodo Students Union, PJACBM and NDFB (P) & (R) once again have taken the path of democratic agitation by organising a mega People’s Gathering at Udangshrini Alari Premsing Brahma Memorial Playground.
More than 100,000 movement activists from Chirang and Kokrajhar and across the state of Assam attended the mega peoples gathering that created the human floods in the venue of the event.
The protester created sort of thunderstorms by shouting slogans demanding a new state of Bodoland for the exploited, deprived and marginalized indigenous communities of Assam.
Amidst the mammoth gathering, posters and banners highlighting the promise made by Bharatiya Janata Party before the general election 2014 to create separate state of Bodoland if voted to power are displayed in the nook and corner of the venue.
The posters and banners also visibly stated sense of betrayal amongst the masses and leaders spearheading Bodoland movement. It demanded immediate fulfilment of promise made by Prime Minister of India and Home Minister of India before four and half years ago.
The President of National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive), Mr. Dhiren Boro said “For decades we had carried out armed revolution, by respecting the appeal of the government of India to resolve the long pending issues of Bodoland through democratic processes, we had shun the path of violence and joined the process of peace dialogue. However, it is so deplorable to see the government moving in a snail’s speed. It is so frustrating to see our cadres facing difficult circumstances including the life sentence and the recent life imprisonment verdict by NIA court when the political dialogue is on. I urge the government to understand the gravity of the situation, or else, it would be detrimental for the nation. Early solution of the Bodoland demand is the only way forward.”
Mr. Sushil Das, Adviser of All Assam Bengali Federation, said “I am here to inform all the brothers and sisters who attended this rally that Bengali community of Assam fully support the demand for new state of Bodoland where all the marginalized, exploited and deprived communities of Assam will live with dignity, justice and peace. Let us all fight for this cause together.”
Mr. Madhab Chetry, Vice President, All Assam Gorkha Sanmiloni while addressing the mammoth gathering said “The cause that we are fighting for is a very holy cause and it is within the framework of constitution. On behalf of Gorkhas of proposed Bodoland I extend full support to creation of Bodoland state. I urge upon the government of India to expedite the process of creating a new state of Bodoland.”
Mr. Pramod Boro, President, of a powerful student organization, All Bodo Students Union, said “More than 5000 brothers and sisters have sacrificed their lives for this cause. Hundreds have been brutally raped. 25000 movement activists have been illegally imprisoned. For last 40 years, despite facing the cruel forces of the state and ruling cliché, we have been relentlessly fighting for this cause through democratic and peaceful means. I would like to ask Prime Minister and Home Minister of India, how many more lives will we have to sacrifice? How many more peace loving activists will have to face imprisonment? Many new states have been created under the article 2 and 3 of Indian constitution, why cannot Bodoland be created?” To this end, ABSU President announced series of movement such as Mass gathering in October, National Highway Blockade, Railway Blockades, Mega Rally in Delhi in November, civil disobedience movement etc. He also reiterated protection of land, culture, language and identity through lasting solution of Bodoland issue.
The mega peoples’ gathering was attended by hundreds of distinguished leaders such as Mr. U.G. Brahma, former MP (RS), Mr. SK Bwisumuthiari, Former MP, Mr. Gobinda Basumatary, General Secretary, NDFB (P), Mr. Rakesh Boro, Chief Convener, PJACBM, Mr. B. Anjalu, General Secretary, NDFB (R) and others. Many speakers stressed on protecting the tribal belts and blocks through creation of separate state of Bodoland as the successive government in Assam has directly and indirectly facilitated encroachment into the tribal land, identity and culture. The gathering vowed to carry forward the Bodoland movement with much more fervour until it is achieved