GUWAHATI, April 1 - Though the All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) is a students� body, it will actively support candidates of the United People�s Party (UPP) in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. The students� body claimed that it has decided to extend support to the UPP candidates in the interest of permanent solution of the political issues concerning the people of Bodo community.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, ABSU president Promode Boro said that the constitution of the students� body clearly stipulated that the organization can directly or indirectly participate in the political process when the interest of the community is at stake. He pointed out that in the 1991 State assembly elections, the ABSU had supported independent candidates and nine of them were elected to the State Assembly. He said that again in the 2001 Assembly polls, the ABSU directly supported independent candidates and 10 of them were elected. �In between, the ABSU did not take active part in the elections, but this time, we felt that for the political solution of the problems of the community, the ABSU should directly support candidates who can raise their voice in the Parliament,� Boro added.
Boro said that the UPP is fielding two candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls from Kokrajhar and Mangaldoi constituencies and both the candidates would receive active support from the ABSU. He said that members of the ABSU would not only campaign for the UPP candidates but would also try to educate all sections of people of the constituencies about the need for supporting the candidates of the party not only in the interest of development of the backward areas of the state but also in the interest of all sections of people.
The ABSU president alleged that over the years, members of Parliament belonging to the Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) failed to raise the issues concerning the Bodo community forcefully in the Parliament, while, the present MP Naba Kumar Sarania also failed to make his presence felt in the Parliament. He also alleged that BPF and Sarania were trying to create division among Bodo and non Bodo people.
Boro alleged that the movement demanding a separate state of Bodoland is on and four rounds of talks with the Union Home Minister were held during the tenure of the NDA Government without yielding any result. He said that during the UPA regime also, four rounds of talks were held with the Union Home Minister without any result. He also said that over the years, no major Central project was awarded to the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area, while, slow progress of the peace talks with the militant groups is also a matter of serious concern.
The ABSU president also demanded that police and security forces should seize all illegal weapons in the BTC area and strong action should be taken against those who are keeping such weapons.