Kokrajhar: A general meeting of all wings of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) was held on Friday at Green Field, Bodofa Nwgwr here with party president Hagrama Mohilary in the chair. Thousands of delegates from all wings across the State took part strongly where the party thoroughly reviewed the recently singed MoS of BTR with the Government of India, Assam and ABSU and all four factions of the NDFB led by Ranjan Daimary, Gobinda Basumatary, Dhiren Boro and B. Saoraigwra.
Later, talking to reporters, the chief of BTC Hagrama Mohilary who is also the president of the BPF said the party discussed on the BTR accord and reviewed its clauses one by one. He said the accord was signed by the ABSU and all four factions of the NDFB with the Government of India and Assam on January 27 to bring in more development in the region. He said they expected much better and upgraded accord than BTC but the new accord is virtually degraded form as there is no financial clarity, direct funding, and expansion of territory. He said there had been a provision to exclude the existing villages from BTR but the extension of villages beyond the present boundary is deemed to be a distant dream.
Mohilary said the ABSU has given up the demand of separate State of Bodoland and singed the MoS saying that it is the final agreement. He said the NDFB factions had come forward for peaceful negotiation expecting a good accord that can fulfill people’s aspirations.
BPF supremo said there will be the financial package of Rs 1500 crore to be spent in three years and some developmental projects which cannot be possible all of a sudden but needs proper implementation. He said the name BTR was not exactly new but the present BTC is rechristened as BTR and nothing new development is there whereas the Principal Secretary is replaced with Chief Executive Officer. He also said they could bring many institutions in consultation with the government of India and Assam and thus the institutions to be set up as per MoS of BTR could have been brought. He further said the BPF will take all factions of NDFB along with them and will run the new council.
In reply to a question, Mohilary said the council election will be held within April next. He also said the BTC will celebrate the 17th Bodoland Day on February 10. On February 7, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will come to Kokrajhar, he said adding that at least 5 lakh people will gather in the Modi’s programme as they have invited one lakh people from each BTC district and people from across the state will come to the programme.