The agitating groups ABSU, PJACBM and NDFB(P) demanding separate Bodoland state reaffirmed that there won’t be any compromise unless the government permanently resolved the Bodoland issue.
“It is very unfortunate that, as a citizen we don’t have access to many rights entitled by the various provisions of the Constitution of India. Our dreams and aspirations cannot be realised unless we have a separate State. Bodos are demanding so many things for inclusive development but that is not done in our regions,” the ABSU leader Promode Bodo said addressing a rally at Barama.
“There is demand for a Central University since couple of decades but that has been established at Tezpur and Silchar, there is demand of AIIMS in the lower Assam but the AIIMS is established at Amingaon near Guwahati, Medical College is established by Assam Government in many places but not in Proposed Bodoland Region. In one word the region gets nothing,” he said.
“Therefore, the demand for a separate State is justified. It has happened in the case of other tribes of NE region who happened to be part of greater Assam for some decades after independence. They are feeling more secured in terms of protection of their land, identity, language and culture. Thus, creation of one more new state in NE region will not be curse but it will be a blessing and a way of achieving greater peace and sustainability in the region,” he said.