TEZPUR, Jan 8 � As part of the continued movement on demand of separate Boroland, the All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) organised a mass rally at the Jugal High School playground, Kawoimari near here on Monday.
The programme, held in cooperation with the Sonitpur district unit of the ABSU and participated by about 5,000 people from different villages of the district, was attended by ABSU president Pramod Boro, former Rajya Sabha MP Urkhaw Gwra Brahma, Chapaguri MLA Hitesh Basumatary, NDFB (P) general secretary Gobinda Basumatary, Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement assistant convenor Bhraman Baglary, social worker Hiranya Patwary, NDFB (P) national council member Gopal Rabha, among others.
Addressing the gathering, Pramod Boro said that the Bodoland issue is existing only for political interest. �For total development of a nation, education, socio-cultural and economic spheres should be given top priority, besides a well-disciplined social system... However, Bodos are not getting a proper space to develop these highly essential things due to the alleged discrimination of agencies concerned,� he said.
�Particularly, the stepmotherly attitude of the Assam Government towards us over the years has been a major constraint in taking forward our nation,� rued the ABSU president, adding that �Bodoland is the ultimate thing to overcome all these ills.�
Highlighting the ups and downs witnessed during the last 45 years of the Bodoland movement, the ABSU leader further stated that in the struggle for self-determination of the Boro nation, till date more than 5,000 people have sacrificed their lives which is a tragic chapter in the history of Assam.
Referring to the creation of Telangana, he questioned that if that new State could be created as per the Indian Constitution, why can Bodoland not be formed under the same Constitution. He alleged that some influential forces have been active in the Boro areas to divert the Bodoland movement, giving wrong descriptions like if Bodoland is created the non-Bodos would be harassed.
�But it is not a fact... We urge upon those forces to cooperate with us in creating a separate State,� he maintained. He also urged the Bodo people to teach a lesson to the political parties who do not show adequate honour to the long-pending Bodoland issue in the forthcoming parliamentary election.
There are four parliamentary segments on the north bank of the Brahmaputra where Boro voters play a vital role. In the 2014 parliamentary election, the political parties will be treated as per the ABSU�s �No Bodoland no vote, no land patta no vote� concept, the student leader said.
Gobinda Basumatary said that history of the rule of Kachari kings like Bana in Sonitpur reveals that once the region was a land of the Bodos. But today, some so-called intellectuals misinterpret the history. �But it is known to all that history repeats itself, one day we will achieve our goal,� he said. He also stated that the movement carried on is not a movement against other communities of the region, it is a legal fight to achieve a legitimate right that is possible under the Indian Constitution.
On the other hand, expressing his total annoyance over the ongoing kidnapping and extortion demands by both the Ranjan Daimary and Sangbijit factions of the NDFB, he urged both the factions to stay away from such acts, which, he said, only create a gap between the Bodos and the non-Bodos.
He said though the Ranjan Daimari faction has come overground with a ceasefire pact with the Central Government, they often violate the ground rules giving harassment to the common people. �On the other hand, whatever is done by the cadres of the Sangbijit faction can never be a part of revolution,� he said.
The programme conducted by ABSU adviser Khunkhra Swargiary was inaugurated by Hitesh Basumatary.