NEW DELHI, Feb 20 � Pointing towards the creation of a separate State of Telangana, the NDFB (P) on Thursday asked the Centre to adopt the same strategy and create a separate State of Bodoland without the approval of the Assam Assembly.
The third round of tripartite talks among the Centre, Assam Government and NDFB (P) was held on Thursday, where the ceasefire with the Bodo militant outfit was extended for another six months.
The third round of dialogue was chaired by Joint Secretary (North-East) Shambhu Singh, where the Centre�s interlocutor PC Haldar was also present. The five-member NDFB (P) delegation was led by Govinda Basumatary.
Emerging from the talks, the Home Ministry officials said that today�s discussion was confined to only extension of ceasefire and the demand for a separate State of Bodoland did not figure.
However, Govinda Basumatary said they have reiterated the demand for creation of Bodoland, citing the Centre�s move for tabling the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2014, without approval of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
The Centre should in the same manner, opt to bring a Bill for creation of a separate State of Bodoland and approval of the Assam Assembly is not mandatory, Basumatary said.
The Centre meanwhile, is holding three separate rounds of dialogues including All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and associated organisation, BPPF, Bodo National Conference (BNC) and BPF.
Meanwhile, taking part in the discussion on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014, Biswajit Daimary demanded that the Centre should immediately set a State Reorganisation Commission or alternatively constitute a high level committee to look into the demands for creation of separate States.
The tabling of the AP Reorganisation Bill has again agitated the people and mass movements have started, he said, referring to the ongoing tripartite dialogue with the Centre and the State Government.
Amidst frequent interruptions, Daimary too demanded that the Centre should bring in a legislation for creation of Bodoland State on the lines of AP Reorganisation Bill.