From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, July 12: A 25-member delegation of United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO) led by its president Mihiniswar Basumatary on Monday evening called on the chief of BTC, Hagrama Mohilary at Bodoland Guest House, Kokrajhar and discussed on the issue of creation of Bodo-Kachari Autonomous Council outside BTC.
The president of the UBPO, Mihiniswar Basumatary said that the talks with the BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary came to a logical point on the issue of creation of Bodo-Kachari Autonomous Council outside BTC. He said Mohilary expressed his support towards the creation of autonomous council for the Bodos, Kachari and other indigenous people living outside BTC districts of Assam for their safeguard and economic development. He also said that the UBPO was hopeful of complete framing of new council under the initiative of the new government in the State.
In an interview with a section of media persons, the spokesperson of the UBPO, Anil Kr. Basumatary said the Congress government led by Tarun Gogoi announced the creation of new Bodo-Kachari Autonomous Council ahead of the last assembly election but it is to be created with full shape under the 6th schedule of the Indian Constitution for the protection and safeguard of the indigenous Bodo, Kachari and other tribal communities as well as their economic development.
Basumatary said the UBPO delegation under the leardership of its president Mihiniswar Basumatary met the tiol general secretary of the BJP, Ram Madhav on March 13 in Guwahati in the presence of BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary and discussed about the creation of Bodo-Kachari Autonomous Council. He said the tiol general secretary of the BJP assured the delegation that it would be given due importance for creation of autonomous council if the BJP-led State Government took charge. He also said now the ball was in the hands of the new State Government led by BJP as Ram Madhav said the Centre would take initiative if the State Government sends its recommendation for new council.
The spokesperson expressed their gratitude to the new Chief Minister of Assam Sarbanda Sonowal and hoped that he would try to fulfill all the aspirations of the indigenous people of Assam. Basumatary also thanked BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary saying that he requested the leaders of UBPO to take opportunity to reach out to the Bodo and other tribal community villages outside BTC districts after the BPF forged an alliance with the BJP to take note of their basic problems ahead of assembly election and accordingly, they visited Bodo and tribal villages to understand their basic problems. He also said the villagers gave huge response to their appeal for supporting the coalition partners. He also said that an executive meeting of the organization was held on July 9 at Bodoland Guest House, Khapara in Guwahati and it was decided to call on the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbanda Sonowal to submit a memorandum to create the new Bodo-Kachari Autonomous Council as early as possible. He further said the UBPO expected that the new council would become a reality before their annual convention to be held in Guwahati in October this year.
Meanwhile, a strong reception committee for the third annual convention of the UBPO was formed on July 10 at Bathoupuri, Gorchuk in Guwahati under the president ship of Niranjan Boro, president of Guwahati district committee, UBPO. The reception committee was formed with Dinesh Boro former BTC secretary as president, Ratiram Boro as working president, Subhash Boro as treasurer and Kaksa Boro as secretary respectively.