KOKRAJHAR, July 5: The ABSU and the People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM) on Thursday said that they were hopeful for early solution to the Bodoland imbroglio through peace talks. The tripartite talk on separate state of Bodoland was held at North Block, New Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In this tripartite talk, bureaucrats present were Rajiv Gauba, Union Home Secretary, Government of India, Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary Home (NE), and JK Mishra, Additional Director IB. The Government of Assam was represented by State Revenue and Irrigation Minister Bhabesh Kalita, Chief Secretary TY Das, Arun Sarma, Principal Secretary, Home and Political; Kuladhar Saikia, Director General of Police, Assam and Pallav Bhathacharya, Special DGP (SB), along with other officials.
From the negotiating Bodoland movement team, the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) was represented by president Promod Boro, vice-presidents Dipen Boro and Romeo Narzary, general secretary Lawrence Islary and other leaders. The People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM) was represented by Rakesh Boro, chief convener; Garjan Mashahary, deputy chief convener and Benedict Hajoary, adviser.
The president of the ABSU Promod Boro said that in the 40-minute discussion with the Union Home Minister, the movement group sought early solution of Bodoland issue, inclusion of the Bodos of Karbi Anglong into ST Hills and land and political rights to the Bodos living outside the proposed Bodoland area. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh listened patiently and responded positively. He assured to take up the matter for solution and to continue the talks frequently. The movement organizations thanked the Union Home Minister for conveying the tripartite talk after a year and hoped that the government would take all necessary measures to settle the Bodoland issue amicably as early as possible.