Fresh agitation to demand Bodoland on August 2

Anger is brewing in the Bodo community and is threatening to spill on the streets of Assam as the announcement of the formation of Telangana draws close

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Published:July 30, 2013 1:41 am

Anger is brewing in the Bodo community and is threatening to spill on the streets of Assam as the announcement of the formation of Telangana draws close. Bodo leaders,who ended their armed struggle for the formation of a separate Bodoland state and settled for Bodo Territorial Council in 2003,will take to the streets once again on August 2 and revive their original demand.

“People are angry and disappointed. We have no option but to revive our demand for a separate state because the creation of Telangana for us means that there cannot be different treatments by the Centre to different groups in the same country,” Biswajit Daimary,Rajya Sabha MP of Bodoland People’s Front and a close aide of Hagrama Mohilary,the state’s top Bodo leader and head of Bodo Territorial Council,told The Indian Express. “In 2003,the then Central government (NDA) had told us that a separate state was no more possible anywhere in India and that’s why we were given a territorial council. But the creation of Telangana shows that achieving statehood is possible,” he said.

Top Bodo leadership plans to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to “convey the sentiments” of their people.

Thousands of students under the All Bodo Students Union will launch indefinite demonstration in Assam starting from the Bodo stronghold of Kokrajhar and state capital Guwahati on August 2.

“It is extremely disappointing and a discriminatory initiative of the UPA government to create Telangana in an isolated manner. This kind of discriminatory role will not be tolerated. We demand a comprehensive national policy and the creation of Bodoland along with any initiative to create a new state in India,” said Promod Bodo,head of the students’ body.

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