KOKRAJHAR, February 13: The United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO), which is working for the all-round development, equal rights and justice as well as redressal of other issues of the Bodos living out site BTC districts in Assam, has decided to hold talks with different autonomous councils as soon as possible.
The UBPO welcomed the decision of the Bodo tiol Conference (BNC) taken in its annual convention held on January 19 and 20 at Bodofa Cultural Complex in Kokrajhar to demand an autonomous council for the indigenous Bodo tribal people living outside the jurisdiction of the BTC and inclusion of their villages in other autonomous councils of Assam for speedy development of their economy, education, language, literature and culture sectors and to address political issues.
In a press statement, the president of UBPO Mihiniswar Basumatary and general secretary Gambaru Mashahary said that the United Bodo People’s Organization has decided to submit a memorandum to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, with an eight-point charter of demands. Besides, the organization has resolved to convene a joint discussion between the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), tiol Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-Progressive) and other democratic organizations of the Bodos and leaders of political parties as soon as possible.
In the press release, they said that for strengthening and smooth functioning of their organization, the United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO) has already formed nine district committees - Guwahati, Morigaon, gaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, South Kamrup and Goalpara and will form committees in Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Tinsukia soon.
Basumatary and Mashahary also said that after forming the district committees, the organizations will prepare for holding talks with the leaders of autonomous and development councils in Assam to arrive at a mutual understanding to ensure equal rights and justice, besides addressing other developmental aspects.