Kokrajhar: A crucial political decision is likely to be taken by the movement group that signed the 3rd Bodo Peace Accord on January 27 during the UPPL convention to be held on February 21 and February 22 in Bijni of Chirang district. The leaders may finalize the strategy to contest in the forthcoming BTC general election to be held within mid-April.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a grand welcome ceremony held at Dimakuchi in Udalguri district on Thursday, the former president of the ABSU, Pramod Boro, who is participating in political activities after retiring from the student body, said a crucial political decision could be taken in the grand convention of the UPPL in Bijni regarding participation in the ensuing BTC election. He said, “Right now we have not come to a political understanding with any political party but a concrete decision could be taken in the political convention in Bijni.”
Boro said, “Politics is not our sole aim but our target is to implement all the clauses of BTR accord in letter and spirit, to establish permanent peace and stability in the region and to develop the communities in all spheres.” He said they were indebted to fulfill the people’s aspirations who supported the movement for the cause of Bodoland.
On the remarks of BPF president Hagrama Mohilary against him, Boro said Mohilary had a habit to say something today and contradict the same the next day. He said Mohilary had been saying that a separate state of Bodoland was not possible and criticized the ABSU for launching movement but today he was saying that the ABSU had made the greatest mistake by surrendering the statehood movement to sign the BTR accord. “If Mohilary really wanted the Bodoland state then why didn’t he extend support to the mass movement of ABSU and other movement groups at that time?” he said. He said it was not fair to criticize a particular organization as the accord was signed with other stakeholders.
Replying to queries, Boro said that if Mohilary felt that there were no new clauses in the BTR accord then he had not gone through the MoS which mentioned about the new central university, medical college, national sports college, NIT, controlling power over Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, and direct funding pattern. He called upon all people not to be misled. Meanwhile, the general secretary of NDFB (S), BR Ferenga told media persons in another programme that the stakeholders of BTR accord would participate in the BTC general election to ensure implementation of the clauses of the accord. He, however, said the four factions of the NDFB had not come to an understanding with any political party but it was clear that they would tie-up with the party which would ensure certain conditions. He also said they would arrive at a final decision during the grand celebration of 34 years of struggle and sacrifice of the NDFB to be held in Udalguri on February 24.