NDFB wants implementation of all clauses of BTR accord
Kokrajhar: National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-Songbijit) on Wednesday said that the implementation of all clauses of Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) accord signed on January 27 between the Government of India, Government of Assam and all factions of NDFB, ABSU and UBPO was of utmost importance and if the Government of India failed to implement it in letter and spirit, then the accord would be quite meaningless.
A rousing welcome to NDFB (S) leaders B. Saoraigwra, R. Ferenga, G. Bidai, M. Batha, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary, president of People’s Democratic Movement of Borland (PDMB) Jebraram Mashahary and other leaders was given by the people and different organizations at Jharbari in Kokrajhar district on Wednesday. The welcome ceremony was attended by all the leaders and cadres of NDFB (S).
In his speech, the general secretary of the NDFB (S), R. Ferenga said the Bodos had been fighting for their legitimate rights for the past 50 years. “In that long period of struggle, we have lost around 7,000 Bodo people, many were jailed and some became physically handicapped. Many Bodo women have either been raped or molested,” he said, adding that they were responsible for fulfilling the aspirations of the people with other stakeholders of the accord.
Ferenga said the implementation of all clauses of the new accord was of utmost importance and if the government failed to implement it in letter and spirit, then the accord would be meaningless.
The president of the NDFB (S), B. Saoraigwra said they wanted to restore peace and normalcy in the region and with this aim, they established links with the BTC leaders and leaders of PDMB as well as one Thulunga Basumatary and Kumar Prithviraj Narayan Dev Mech to take them to the negotiation table with the Government of India for peaceful solution. He hoped that total peace and progress for all would come through BTR.
The chief of BTC Hagrama Mohilary said he would ensure the implementation of all clauses of the accord. He said they would take care of leaders and cadres of the outfit by withdrawing cases against them and rehabilitating them. He said he was confident that the separate state of Bodoland would be a reality one day but it would just take some time. The public meeting was also attended by former MLA Hitesh Basumatary.