The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), National Democratic Front of Boroland Progressive (NDFB-P), People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM) and people of proposed Bodoland area as a whole on Monday staged a united massive protest in support of their long-term demands in Kokrajhar.
“BJP assured to fulfill Bodo people’s long-term demands before the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 Assembly elections. But they forgot the commitments. As a political gimmick ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections, Rajnath Singh met our leaders to discuss our demands in December last year.”- Demonstrators said.
The united Bodo movement sought a national policy with regard to the issue of settlement of Bodoland state, to expedite the process of dialogue on Bodoland state issue at political level to fulfil the BJP’s commitments mentioned in the election manifesto in 2014 to ensure political rights to the Bodos living outside the proposed Bodoland area and to grant ST Hills status to the Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.