Bodos stages Dharna in Jantar Mantar demanding Bodoland State

New Delhi

All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), National Democratic Front of Boroland (P) and People Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM) have jointly organized the Maha Dharna in Jantar Mantar, on Monday in support of their four points demands.

  • demanding Bodoland state,
  • political right to the Bodos living outside the proposed Bodoland Are
  •  Protection, Preservation and  safeguard the identity of the Boro and other tribal people with language, culture and tradition by creating Bodoland state and
  • justice to live with dignity and honour in our inherited land.

Talking over telephone the ABSU president Promod Boro expressed that ” we the Boro people are very much part of the great Indian community and are loyal to the Constitution of India. But Even after 70 years of India’s independence the state has failed to protect, Preserve and safeguard the land, identity, language and culture of the Boro people”.

The Boro people want to live with dignity and honour under the provision of the Constitution of India. said Promod Boro.

Further Absu President said that “For that purpose the Boro people launched their movement for Socio-Political right in 1967. The All Bodo Students Union, the vibrant young force of the Boro people launched its first phase of movement for Bodoland state in 1987.  The Government of India signed two Bodo accords in the name of resolving to the Bodo people’s demand. But both of the Bodo Accords could not fulfill the political aspiration and also could not address the fundamental questions of the Boro people. For which the Bodo community has been fighting democratically after these two accords with a fortitude and indomitable spirit to achieve the goal”.

The National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive), an armed militant organization, which signed a truce has been negotiating with the Government on the issue of creating Boroland state under the provision of Article 2 & 3 of the Constitution of India since 2005. They had 14 rounds of tripartite talks but there was no progress, said promod Boro .

ABSU on it’s memorandum alleged that the  ABSU and other allied groups which launched the third phase of movement demanding to create Bodoland state has had fifth rounds of formal talk so far with the Government of India. However, talk has no progress at all for lackadaisical attitude of the present BJP led NDA government.

it was also mentioned in the memorandum that the BJP promised both written (manifesto) and verbal that they would resolve the Boro problem immediately if they could come to power in New Delhi. They were voted to power and their regime in Delhi is more than two and half years now. However, the fact is that there is no initiative to materialize their promise. They have stopped the very continuity of dialogue, which apparently means the regime is not willing to resolve the problem.

Before this Dharna the Joint movement group of Bodoland State had organized 5hrs National Highway Blockade on 30th August 2016 followed by Economic Shut down, Engine Bandh, 12Hrs Railway Bandh, Torch Rally and Cycle Rally till 2nd December 2016 and now we have three days peaceful democratic movement in New Delhi, the national capital on the same demand from 12th December to 14th December, 2016.

The organizations also announce its series of movement programme for the new year 2017, such as – 24hrs National Highway and Railway Blockade in January 2017, Indefinite Mass Hunger Strike in February, 36 Hrs Railway Blockade in March, Jail Bharo in April 2017, Non Cooperation with the state government on May and other series of movement programme will continue unless the government resolves the Bodoland Issue.