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ABSU steps up Bodoland demand

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TEZPUR, Nov, 15 � After renewing its demand for a separate Bodoland, president of ABSU Pramod Boro today appealed to the Central Government to discuss the Bodoland issue in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament. He was addressing a mammoth crowd at Shlikhabari (Thelamara) at the concluding programme of cycle march demanding a separate Bodoland state that started from Srirampur gate on November 11 last.

The ABSU president in his address said that it had not declared any bandh during last seven years. However, the attitude of the State and Central governments towards the Bodoland issue would compel it to take drastic step such as economic blockade on NH-52, NH-31 and railway track. �Though we wouldn�t like to create a Manipur-like situation, government�s lackadaisical attitude towards the long-pending Bodoland issue has compelled us to take such a decision,� he maintained, adding that the economic blockade will be carried out with lakhs of volunteers which we can organize from the fifty lakh Boro people.

Claiming the Centre has not taken any positive stand till date towards the issue, Boro further said that the Central Government should make a policy for creation of a separate state according to the Article 3 of the Indian Constitution. The Central Government created 14 States from 1953. But, the Government has not done anything for the politically deprived Bodo people. �We need separate state of Bodoland to safeguard our culture, language and right to our land and it�s resources. The Bodo language was included in the VIII schedule of the Constitution in 2004 but till date this language has not been accepted as Government language in Assam�.

�The creation of BTC and BAC were meaningless� he said. The ABSU president slammed the Centre and the State as well as the BTC administration adding that the BTC could not provide security, safeguard and protection to the Bodo people. After signing of the Bodo accord in 2003 the Bodos in the hill district Karbi-Along were not given the status of hill tribe, he added. He said that for Delhi we are far away but we would create a situation so that Delhi would be nearer to Bodoland like Telengana.

The rally was also addressed by the two members of Separate State Demanding Committee of Telengana, Jaya Vindhayla, and Prof. Gaali Binod Kumar.

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ABSU steps up Bodoland demand

TEZPUR, Nov, 15 � After renewing its demand for a separate Bodoland, president of ABSU Pramod Boro today appealed to the Central Government to discuss the Bodoland issue in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament. He was addressing a mammoth crowd at Shlikhabari (Thelamara) at the concluding programme of cycle march demanding a separate Bodoland state that started from Srirampur gate on November 11 last.

The ABSU president in his address said that it had not declared any bandh during last seven years. However, the attitude of the State and Central governments towards the Bodoland issue would compel it to take drastic step such as economic blockade on NH-52, NH-31 and railway track. �Though we wouldn�t like to create a Manipur-like situation, government�s lackadaisical attitude towards the long-pending Bodoland issue has compelled us to take such a decision,� he maintained, adding that the economic blockade will be carried out with lakhs of volunteers which we can organize from the fifty lakh Boro people.

Claiming the Centre has not taken any positive stand till date towards the issue, Boro further said that the Central Government should make a policy for creation of a separate state according to the Article 3 of the Indian Constitution. The Central Government created 14 States from 1953. But, the Government has not done anything for the politically deprived Bodo people. �We need separate state of Bodoland to safeguard our culture, language and right to our land and it�s resources. The Bodo language was included in the VIII schedule of the Constitution in 2004 but till date this language has not been accepted as Government language in Assam�.

�The creation of BTC and BAC were meaningless� he said. The ABSU president slammed the Centre and the State as well as the BTC administration adding that the BTC could not provide security, safeguard and protection to the Bodo people. After signing of the Bodo accord in 2003 the Bodos in the hill district Karbi-Along were not given the status of hill tribe, he added. He said that for Delhi we are far away but we would create a situation so that Delhi would be nearer to Bodoland like Telengana.

The rally was also addressed by the two members of Separate State Demanding Committee of Telengana, Jaya Vindhayla, and Prof. Gaali Binod Kumar.