KOKRAJHAR, June 5: The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and its movement group, NDFB (P) and People’s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM), on Tuesday started a movement from the railway tracks to internet and launched an e-movement to demand tripartite talks at political level and permanent solution to Bodoland issue. To ensure political rights of the Bodos living in Assam outside proposed Bodoland and granting ST status to Bodos in Karbi Anglong, the movement group launched the e-movement at Progati Bhavan in the heart of Kokrajhar town on Tuesday. The general secretary of the ABSU, Lawrence Islary, while joining the e-movement, said the present government talked about digital technology and so movement group had gone digital to draw the attention of the government towards their genuine demand.
“The Bodo movement group is devoted to the genuine cause of Bodoland in order to ensure survival of Bodo identity, language and culture, to ensure protection of land rights and to ensure political self-determination as per the federal constitution of the country,” he said, and added, “We have submitted many memoranda, reminders and intimations to the Government of India and the State government to resolve the pending Bodoland issue but neither the democratic non-violent mass movement nor the dialogue process is yielding any result in the largest democratic country of the world. But it is a clear message to the government that the Bodo people have the commitment to continue the mass movement until the state is created. Therefore, we appeal to the government not to day-dream in the matter of Bodoland but to adopt a pragmatic policy decision to create Bodoland in the line of Telangana and other States, where illogical opposition of the state is not entertained and justice is directly delivered by the Parliament of India. Bodoland will be one of the most peaceful and prosperous states in the country.”
Islary said the present government in India led by Narendra Modi had proved to be the most irresponsible government that India ever had. “The BJP leadership gave both verbal and written commitment to resolve the problems and issues raised by the tribal and backward communities and also to resolve the demands for creating separate state in different parts of India, including Bodoland and Gorkhaland, if they are voted to power in New Delhi. This is the fourth year of their regime but they have totally forgotten their commitment,” he said. The ABSU and the movement group have threatened indefinite hunger strike, 36-hour chakka bandh and railway blockade in the days to come.