The demand for creating Bodoland state as per the Article 2 & 3 of constitution of India has been going on for the last fifty-two years.
The Bodo Movement group including ABSU, NDFB (P), PJACBM, and NDFB took out a protest Rally in Kokrajhar demanding their long pending demand of creation of a separate Bodoland state.
The group expresses deep concern about the lackadaisical and double standard attitude of the Government of India towards resolving the long-standing demand for creation of Bodoland state.
Talking to NortheastIndia24, ABSU president Promod Bor said that ” the demand for creating Bodoland state in the northern part of the Brahmaputra curving out from Assam as per the Article 2 & 3 of constitution of India has been going on for the last fifty-two years. The state and the union governments though having series of dialogue with the Bodo leadership is apparently seemed to be holding dialogue only for the ‘sake of mere discussion’ like game of duck and drake just to dupe the counter parts without having any political willingness, pragmatic step and clear-cut policy-decision to resolve the issue”.
“Many times we have tried our level best to remind the BJP leadership about their verbal as well as written commitment (Election Manifesto of 2014) that they would resolve the Bodo problem immediately if they would be voted to form government in Delhi. We are surprised that the BJP government has totally forgotten their promises which we therefore condemn this act of their treachery” said promod Boro.
The BJP leadership instead of fulfilling the Bodoland State has heavily bull-dodged on the existing ST communities of Assam by bringing an unexpected bill to grant ST status to 6 communities. The Bill is a serious threat to the very existence of the existing ST communities of Assam and if the Bill is passed and made an Act the existing STs will be totally crushed down socially, politically and economically, said Promod .
Despite of being turned down for as many as 8 times by the RGI as well as the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes not having the criteria to fulfil for being recognised as ST the BJP government has adamantly all set to grant ST to those communities. The ulterior motive behind the bill is purely political motivated, i. e. to harvest the 1.5 crore votes but not the intention of socio-economic development of the concerned communities, he added.
How can the advanced communities with large number of population and the migrant people who do not fulfil the criteria for being ST be granted ST status? The bill is completely unconstitutional, illegal, discriminatory and unjustified. The organizations of the existing ST will keep to continue its strong protest with tooth and nail against this draconian bill, promod said .
Meanwhile the Joint Bodoland Movement Group once again raised their long pending demand of Bodoland state immediately, beside ensure political & Land Rights to the Bodos living outside of the proposed Bodoland , ST Hills Status to the Bodos of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao, Stop exploitation, oppression, domination and discrimination on the existing 14 ST communities of Assam, Revoke the bill of the present form for granting ST status to 6 more advance and populous communities of Assam etc.