KOKRAJHAR: Only three days are left for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kokrajhar in the thanksgiving ceremony jointly organized by the ABSU, four factions of NDFB and BTC authority on February 7 at Jangkhrithai Fwthar. Massive preparations are going on for the ceremony.
State PWD, Finance and Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma along with BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary, minister Chandan Brahma, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika, general secretary of ABSU, Lawrence Islary and other MCLAs of BTC visited the venue where the Prime Minister will address a huge public gathering at the welcome ceremony after the BTR accord was signed between the Government of India, Government of Assam, ABSU and four factions of NDFB and UBPO. High-ranking government officials like Principal Secretary of BTC, Robinson Mashahary, Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Partha Pratim Mazumder, BTC IGP Anurag Agarwal and others were also present at the spot. They reviewed the progress of work and held discussion with all stakeholders and government departments for smooth conduct of the public meeting.
Talking to reporters, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that preparations for the Prime Minister’s programme were going on in full swing. He said the ABSU and NDFB factions were going to arrange the programme while the BTC authority was making all arrangements for pandals and protocol. He said the BTC accord was a historic day and the BTC and all stakeholders of the BTR accord would celebrate the historic event in a big way where the Prime Minister would address a huge public gathering. He said four special trains from Rangapara would come to Kokrajhar via Rowta, Udalguri, Tongla and Rangia and arrangements had been made so that people would be able to come and participate in the programme. He also said that around one lakh BJP supporters would also participate in the programme where the BPF, ABSU and four factions of NDFB would bring their respective supporters in the historic people’s conglomeration.
Sarma said there would be holiday in BTC region on February 7 so that the people could participate in the grand celebration. He said there would not be any fear among the non-Bodos as the BTR Accord would secure the rights of all indigenous communities living within the council region. He also said that he had talked to Kokrajhar MP Naba Kr. Sarania on Tuesday morning, urging him not to call bandh or protest programme, especially during the visit of Prime Minister Modi in Kokrajhar. He also called upon all organizations not to call bandh and said that the Government of Assam had initiated discussion with all non-Bodo organizations in the second week of February to find out solution to their problems. He also said that the council election would be held on time, that is, within April and the party which would have maximum members would run the BTR.
Meanwhile, the general secretary of ABSU, Lawrence Islary said they were fully prepared for the welcome ceremony of Prime Minister Modi in Kokrajhar. He appealed to all communities of Bodoland region to come for the grand BTR Accord celebration at Jangkrithai Fwthar, Kokrajhar on February 7 and said that this day would be a historic and significant day for Bodoland.
On the other hand, the construction of three helipads near the main pandal is almost complete while barricades for general masses are being made. The roads leading to Kokrajhar town are being repaired on a war-footing while the railway crossing flyover near the venue is being painted. A meeting with the SPG was also held for complete security of the Prime Minister and a large number of police and security personnel have been deployed in the venue.