GHORAMARI (BALIPARA), Oct 13 - Vehemently criticising the Government of India for its apathetic attitude towards solving the long-pending Bodo problem, including the demand for creating a separate State named Bodoland, a number of Bodo leaders representing different Bodo national organisations like ABSU, People�s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) and NDFB (P) on Thursday warned the BJP Government both in the State and the Centre not to make further delay in solving the long-pending Bodoland issue.
It may be mentioned here that under the initiative of the above-mentioned organisations, a mass rally was organised at Ghoramari Higher Secondary School playground on Friday wherein over 50,000 Bodo and other tribal people from different areas of Sonitpur district took part.
Addressing the mammoth gathering, ABSU supremo Pramud Boro alleged that the Government is intentionally depriving the Bodo people of their legitimate rights.
�There is a provision for creating new State in the Indian Constitution as and when required, and based on that till date demand of more than 25 small States have been raised in the country. Our demand too is no exception as the Bodos have been struggling over the last 55 years for a separate homeland under the provision of Article 2, 3 and 4 of the Indian Constitution,� he said, adding that the BJP got votes from the Bodo people in both the parliamentary elections in 2014 and in the last Assembly election in Assam for their pre-election promises of solving the Bodoland issue. Unfortunately, nothing has materialised till date.
He hoped that the Songbijit faction of NDFB would come out for talks and work for the Bodo nation by eschewing armed struggle.
Among other dignitaries, the chairman of NDFB (P) Gobinda Basumatary, ex-MP, Rajya Sabha, Urkhawgura Brahma, ABSU general secretary Lawrence Basumatary, MCLA of BTC Rwngwra Narzary, vice president of UPPL Prativa Brahma, chief convenor of PJACBM Rakesh Boro, ABSU central executives Romeo P Narzary and Dipen Boro were also present at the programme. Among them, Gobinda Basumatary, Urkhawgura Brahma, Rwngura Narzary and Prativa Narzary spoke on the Bodoland issue.