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UDPF reiterates demand for separate State

By Correspondent

TEZPUR, Nov 22 � The United Democratic People�s Front has welcomed the Cabinet resolution of the Mayawati Government in Uttar Pradesh for the creation of four smaller States namely, Purbanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh in order to meet the age-old democratic aspirations of different ethnic peoples for their all-round development and better administration of the country, said an e-mail sent to this correspondent.

The vice president of the front, Bhraman Baglary, in the statement, added that there is certainly an urgent need of reorganisation of States in India. Such kind of a positive initiative as adopted by the Mayawati Government in UP is certainly praiseworthy and it should be executed by the Central Government involving all the States concerned in India where such demands are being raised by different groups of people.

�The demand of a separate Bodoland State in Assam is also one such demand which has not received proper attention from the Central Government, though it began four decades ago in 1967. There have been periodic lulls in the Bodoland movement in order to observe the sincerity of the accords that are sought to be resolved, but unfortunately, the accords that were signed in the name of resolving the Bodoland impasse have turned out to be absolutely bogus, through which the very identity of Bodo people as a distinct nation, their culture, language, land and political rights based on their ancestral historical rights could not be ensured,� Baglary maintained in the statement.

It was further added that although the Bodoland movement is presently being launched under the leadership of various groups like ABSU, UDPF and NDFB (P), which is already holding talks with the Government of India after a long and arduous armed struggle , there is yet absolute uniformity and unanimity as the demand of a separate Bodoland is the Bodo national demand without any dispute.

�Our demand is a constitutional demand as provided under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution of India based on the ancestral historical rights of the Bodo people,� the press note stated.

The United Democratic People�s Front would like to send a clarion call to the Centre and the State Government that the Government of India should start the actual political dialogue on the creation of a separate State without any further delay with the NDFB (P) to avert untoward law and order situations that may arise out of the intensification of the movement.

�The Government should think seriously about the consequences if the concerted Bodoland movement has to be intensified owing to the lackadaisical attitude of the Government towards its early amicable solution. We also want to tell the Government that nothing short of a separate State will be accepted by the Bodo people in the name of a political solution. The Government should, therefore, never contemplate about its solution in terms of economic packages as it was done in the previous Bodo accords. The only way out to resolve the Bodoland issue peacefully and democratically is, therefore, nothing but the creation of a separate Bodoland State out of Assam. If not, there can never be peace in Assam and Assam will turn into a conflagration for which the Indian Government will be responsible,� the UDPF leader warned.

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UDPF reiterates demand for separate State

TEZPUR, Nov 22 � The United Democratic People�s Front has welcomed the Cabinet resolution of the Mayawati Government in Uttar Pradesh for the creation of four smaller States namely, Purbanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh in order to meet the age-old democratic aspirations of different ethnic peoples for their all-round development and better administration of the country, said an e-mail sent to this correspondent.

The vice president of the front, Bhraman Baglary, in the statement, added that there is certainly an urgent need of reorganisation of States in India. Such kind of a positive initiative as adopted by the Mayawati Government in UP is certainly praiseworthy and it should be executed by the Central Government involving all the States concerned in India where such demands are being raised by different groups of people.

�The demand of a separate Bodoland State in Assam is also one such demand which has not received proper attention from the Central Government, though it began four decades ago in 1967. There have been periodic lulls in the Bodoland movement in order to observe the sincerity of the accords that are sought to be resolved, but unfortunately, the accords that were signed in the name of resolving the Bodoland impasse have turned out to be absolutely bogus, through which the very identity of Bodo people as a distinct nation, their culture, language, land and political rights based on their ancestral historical rights could not be ensured,� Baglary maintained in the statement.

It was further added that although the Bodoland movement is presently being launched under the leadership of various groups like ABSU, UDPF and NDFB (P), which is already holding talks with the Government of India after a long and arduous armed struggle , there is yet absolute uniformity and unanimity as the demand of a separate Bodoland is the Bodo national demand without any dispute.

�Our demand is a constitutional demand as provided under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution of India based on the ancestral historical rights of the Bodo people,� the press note stated.

The United Democratic People�s Front would like to send a clarion call to the Centre and the State Government that the Government of India should start the actual political dialogue on the creation of a separate State without any further delay with the NDFB (P) to avert untoward law and order situations that may arise out of the intensification of the movement.

�The Government should think seriously about the consequences if the concerted Bodoland movement has to be intensified owing to the lackadaisical attitude of the Government towards its early amicable solution. We also want to tell the Government that nothing short of a separate State will be accepted by the Bodo people in the name of a political solution. The Government should, therefore, never contemplate about its solution in terms of economic packages as it was done in the previous Bodo accords. The only way out to resolve the Bodoland issue peacefully and democratically is, therefore, nothing but the creation of a separate Bodoland State out of Assam. If not, there can never be peace in Assam and Assam will turn into a conflagration for which the Indian Government will be responsible,� the UDPF leader warned.