Former MP SK Bwiswmuthiary slams BTR Accord; ABSU hits back in Kokrajhar
Kokrajhar: Former MP SK Bwiswmuthiary on Sunday slammed the signatories of the BTR Accord, mainly former ABSU president Promod Boro, alleging that they kept the Bodo intellectuals and former movement leaders in the dark before finalizing the draft agreement of the MoS. He also termed the BTR Accord as ‘draconian’ and the ‘deadliest’ Bodo Accord.
A meeting of the former ABSU movement leaders was held at PWD Guest House, Kokrajhar on Sunday at the initiative of former MP SK Bwiswmuthiary where they discussed at length the clauses of the BTR Accord. The meeting, which was chaired by Bwiswmuthiary himself under the banner of the convener’s committee of former ABSU leaders, reviewed the clauses of BTR Accord and adopted some resolutions to reiterate its stand of the separate state of Bodoland. The meeting was attended by some former ABSU leaders from various districts of the State as well as West Bengal.
Talking to reporters, former MP Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary said the BTR Accord was the deadliest and poisonous accord and the Bodo people would not accept this accord. He said the Bodo intellectuals and former movement leaders of the ABSU were kept in the dark before finalizing the MoS of the BTR Accord. He said that former ABSU president Promod Boro made the BTR accord in a hasty manner for his personal political benefits saying that the 3rd Bodo Peace Accord would be the last Bodo Accord.
Bwiswmuthiary said the BTR Accord would never be the final and comprehensive accord as it was nothing but a ‘draconian’ accord to finish off the Bodos. He called upon all not to accept the accord. He also said that they would move the Government of India to restart the political dialogue for the creation of Bodoland state and that they would meet the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister to reiterate the demand of Bodoland state.
Meanwhile, the president of the ABSU, Dipen Boro in a press meet held at Bodofa House on Tuesday, hit back at former MP SK Bwiswmuthiary saying that he had no moral right to blame the ABSU by forming a platform named Ex-ABSU leaders. He said the ABSU had a deep respect for SK Bwiswmuthiary and used to take his suggestion when they felt necessary but his sudden decision to organize a meeting of former ABSU workers was a matter of concern. He said there had been no such meetings of former leaders of the ABSU and almost all the leaders of different organizations were involved with the ABSU and dedicated to the ABSU and the society. Hence, Bwiswmuthiary should not mislead the Bodos with few former leaders to create confusion.
Boro said the BAC Accord was signed by Bwiswmuthiary in 1993 while he was the president of the ABSU. He questioned why Bwiswmuthiary signed the BAC Accord although he was aware of the fact that the accord had no constitutional safeguard but was simply made under the State Act. He also questioned how much work Bwiswmuthiary had done for the Bodos as the first Chief Executive Member of BAC, as MP for three terms and as a leader of different organizations. He also said that Bwiswmuthiary should avoid playing politics over the BTR Accord under somebody’s dictate for his personal agenda and called upon all not to be misled by him.
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