BPF to revive separate state demand: Hagrama,Assam

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NEW DELHI, July 31 – Within hours of the
Congress Working Committee (CWC)
recommending the creation of Telangana
State, the Bodo Peoples Front (BPF) formally
conveyed to the Centre its decision to revive
its old demand for creation of a separate
State of Bodoland, threatening to launch an
agitation.
A high level delegation of the BPF led by BTAD
Chairman Hagrama Mohilary on Wednesday
called on Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar
Shinde and Home Secretary Anil Goswami and
submitted a memorandum announcing the
revival of the demand for a separate
Bodoland. A mass rally has been called at
Kokrajhar on August 4 by the Bodo leaders.
BPF leader and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajeet
Daimary told this newspaper that they have
sought appointment with Prime Minister Dr
Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia
Gandhi to formally convey their change of
stand. BPF is a UPA ally and an alliance
partner of the Tarun Gogoi Government.
The four-member BPF delegation comprising
State Minister Chandan Brahma, BTAD Vice
Chairman Khampa Borgoiry, Lok Sabha MP
Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmutiary besides the
Chairman, rushed to the North Block to
protest against the discrimination meted out
to the Bodos. In this connection, they
submitted a copy of the resolution passed by
the Autonomous Council Assembly in 2010
demanding creation of Bodoland.
The BPF leaders said that they were not
satisfied with the current arrangements as
there were many Constitutional loopholes. The
existing BTAD is unable to fulfil the
aspirations of the Bodo people, the Centre
was told.
The Rajya Sabha MP quoted the Home
Minister as having said that he would convey
their demands to higher authorities in the
UPA. Shinde reportedly said that the Home
Ministry would try to resolve their other
grievances.
The Congress Party’s announcement of
creation of Telangana State has landed the
BPF in a piquant situation, as the rival NDFB
(P) has been sticking with their demand for
creation of a separate Bodoland State, while
the BPF in its earlier avatar as BLT had settled
for an autonomous council with enhanced
powers under the Sixth Schedule of the
Constitution.
Daimary explained that when they were
engaged in negotiations with Government of
India, they were given to understand that a
policy decision had been taken not to create
new States.
“Now that the policy has been reversed, we
have decided to revive our demand for
Bodoland State,” he said.
via:
Assam Tribune Online

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