United Peoples’ Party Liberal (UPPL) Chief Pramod Boro is all set to take charge as the new Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC).

Pramod Boro’s party the United Peoples’ Party Liberal (UPPL) performed exceedingly well to emerge as the runners-up in the just concluded BTC polls.

The UPPL, the BJP and the GSP have joined hands to form the next Government in the Bodo Territorial Region (BTR), thus putting an end to the 17-year regime of BPF Chief Hagrama Mohilary.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced that UPPL Chief Pramod Boro will be the new BTC CEM.

Now with Pramod Boro all set to be sworn-in as the new CEM of BTC, let’s take a look at the life and time of the UPPL Chief.

Early life:

Aged 45, Pramod Boro was born to Late Ghanashyam Boro on the 1st of March, 1975 at Sauraguri village under Tamulpur police station in Nalbari district (now in Baksa district).

He belonged to an economically weaker agrarian family during his schooling days.

Pramod Boro completed his primary education at a local school in his village. Later, he went to the Tamulpur Higher Secondary School from where he appeared in the matriculation examination.

After completing his Higher Secondary, Pramod Boro shifted to Guwahati for higher education. But due to his family’s financial constraints, he left his under-graduate studies midway.

He even went on to work as a miner at the coal mines in Meghalaya with his friends to support his family.

However, he decided to complete his under-graduation and admitted himself at the Rangia College from where he completed his under-graduation in 1994.

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Participation in Bodoland Movement:

Since his schooling days, Pramod Boro was actively involved in student politics and took part in several social movements, which were gaining momentum in the Bodo belt during that time.

Come 1987, the Great Mass Movement for a separate Bodoland State began under the leadership of the then President of All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) Upendra Nath Brahma.

Pramod Boro too actively participated in the mass movement.

Pramod Boro and Students Politics:

Pramod Boro continued to be actively involved in Student politics. He was elected as the President of Kamrup District Committee of the ABSU during his college days.

He also served as the Assistant General Secretary, Vice President of the ABSU, before being elevated to the position of President of the Students’ body in 2009.

While being associated with the ABSU, Pramod Boro worked tirelessly in carrying out mass educational awareness campaigns for the Bodo community across Assam.

He worked with the vision of improving the standard, accessibility and quality of education imparted to the students of the Bodo community in the State, especially in the Bodo Medium schools.

Ever since he became the President of the ABSU, Pramod Boro dedicated himself to serve the Bodo society with voluntary zeal.

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His prime focus during his time as the ABSU President was to bring permanent peace to Bodoland region, where everyone would be treated equally and have the right to education and development.

His mission to bring peace in the region got impetus with the ABSU observing Arms and Violence Free Society on its foundation day on 15th February 2009.

However, the Bodo community being stricken by many education-socio-economic and political issues, mass Bodo movements were a common sighting in the Bodo belt.

In December 2010, the Congress-led UPA at the Centre announced the creation of a separate State in the South – Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.

Thus, led by Pramod Boro, the ABSU also started a mass movement – “If Telangana then why not Bodoland”.

Pramod Boro spearheaded the Bodoland Movement with massive support from the Bodo community across the proposed Bodoland region – from Sonkosh in West to Sadiya in East.

He was the longest-serving president of ABSU (from 2009 to 2020).

Promod Boro’s biggest history-shaping moment came on January 27 this year, when the third Bodo Accord was signed between the representatives of Bodo organisations with the Central and Assam governments, presenting a new model of power-sharing and governance in Assam under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

The Bodo parties to the agreement include the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), the United Bodo People’s Organisation (UBPO) and all the four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

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Pramod Boro was a signatory to the third Bodo Accord.

Later in February, Pramod Boro quit students’ politics at the ABSU Special Convention held at Tamulpur on February 12 and 13 this year.

Pramod Boro in mainstream politics:

Just days after quitting ABSU, Pramod Boro formally joined the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) on February 21.

Days later, Pramod Boro was entrusted with the responsibility of the president of UPPL by the then party president and founder of UPPL Urkhao Gwra Brahma.

Pramod Boro led the UPPL from the front during the recently concluded BTC elections. UPPL won 12 seats in the polls.

The UPPL, BJP and the GSP have now come together to form the next BTC Government with Pramod Boro all set to become the new Chief Executive Member.

Rinoy Basumatary

Rinoy Basumatary is Northeast Now Correspondent in Kokrajhar. He can be reached at: rinoymasscom@gmail.com