TEZPUR, Dec 7 � The National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) which is engaged in peaceful dialogue with the Government of India on the issue of a separate state of Bodoland, has hailed the decision of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue of a separate state of Telangana towards the end of the current month.
In a press statement, S Sanjarang, information and publicity secretary of pro-talk group of NDFB said that the Bodo and other indigenous tribal people are the sons of the soil of Assam. They have a distinct identity with unique history, language, culture and tradition; they form the largest percentage of population among the indigenous people of the region and have been struggling for a separate state within the Constitution of India for the last 45 years. �During the last forty-five years� history of struggle for Bodoland, thousands of Bodo people have sacrificed their lives and many new states were created in India and Telangana state is all set to come into being,� it said.
The Bodo people have every right to a separate State, said the statement, adding that despite fulfilling all the conditions of statehood, the Bodo people are allegedly facing discrimination and denied their Constitutional right.
Sanjarang further added in the statement that the Bodo people have been discriminated against just because of their �non-Indian� originality.
Denial of statehood to the Bodo people on the part of the Government of India is not only a historical injustice but also a gross violation of the Indian Constitution.
The NDFB (P), for and on behalf of the suppressed, oppressed and marginalized people, has appealed to the Government of India to discuss the issue of separate state of Boroland in the forthcoming all-party meeting.