NEW DELHI, Aug 5 � Demands for separate States rocked the Parliament on Monday, with the Bodo People�s Front (BPF) calling for creation of Bodoland, and urging the Centre to convene a meeting of all Bodo leaders before the situation in Assam gets out of hand.
While the two Bodo MPs � SK Bwiswmutiary and Biswajeet Daimary � demonstrated in front of Parliament House before raking up the issue again inside the House, the CPI-ML, CP-RM and Karbi Students� Association (KSA) staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar demanding an autonomous State under Article 244 A of the Constitution for Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts. The demonstrators also demanded constitution of a Second State Reorganisation Commission to positively consider the demand for Gorkhaland.
Meanwhile, the two BPF MPs Bwiswmutiary and Daimary displayed banners and raised slogans demanding creation of a separate State of Bodoland. Both the MPs also protested inside the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively.
Bwiswmutiary displayed a yellow banner in Lok Sabha �Bodoland MPs strongly stand for a separate Bodoland�, and rushing to the Well of the House, raised slogans.
Later, he told this newspaper that he spoke to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the House and urged her to invite all Bodo leaders to discuss the situation before it gets out of hand. In the Rajya Sabha Daimary also raised the issue.
Meanwhile, in the afternoon, AGP MP Biren Baishya said the announcement of creation of Telangana has affected Assam. There is unrest in Bodoland area and Karbi Anglong is burning and there is a demand for creation of Kamtapuri. Due to the decision of the Centre such a situation has arisen, he said.
Seeking a response from the Centre, Baishya asked what steps Government of India has taken to make Assam peaceful. �The decision to create Telanagana has affected Assam equally,� he claimed.
Meanwhile, briefing newsmen, BJP spokesman Shahnawaj Hussain clarified that while his party supports creation of smaller States, it is opposed to the demands for creation of �Nano States�.
Replying to a question on the fallout of the decision to create Telanagana in Assam, Hussain said that BJP does not talk about �Nano States� though it supports creation of smaller States.
Asked about the party�s stand on creation of Gorkhaland and Bodoland, he tried to wriggle out by stating that BJP would make its stand clear, when Government of India initiates a discussion on the issue.