By Kanak Chandra Boro
The 15th Bodoland Day was celebrated at Secretariat ground, Bodofa Nwgwr here in Kokrajhar on Friday with a day- long colourful programme amid a huge gathering of people from all walk of life.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal attended the function as chief guest. In his speech, the chief minister stressed the need to build a peaceful and health society free from corruption, terrorism. He said development happens only when here is peace and harmony. Stating that the Bodos are the earliest settlers of Assam, he said “without Bodos, greater Assamese cannot be built”.
Sonowal assured all possible help for development of BTC. He also shower praise to BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary of development activities in his 14 years rule as BTC chief.
Deepak Bora, special advisor to Prime Minister in his speech also lauded Mohilary of development in the Council region and assured necessary help and cooperation.
Earlier BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary paid tribute to Bodoland Martyrs at Bodoland Martyrs cemetery situated at Debargaon. Mohilary also lighted the lamp and paid floral tribute at the statue of Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma in front of the BTC secretariat.
A colourful cultural programme and display of tableaus by various departments of BTC was showcase.
The BTC authority also felicitated award winning writers, sports persons and artists who brought laurels to the region through their works. Two important awards- Promod Chandra Brahma literary, and Nileswar Brahma Cultural Award, were also presented.
Among those present on the occasion includes ministers Atul Bora, Ranjit Kumar Dass, Pramila Rani Brahma, Rihon Daimary, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary etc.