According to All Bodo Students Union ( ABSU), the powerful students organisation of Bodo tribe in Assam, alienation of the Bodo people is complete and recent announcement of separate Telngana state by Home Minister P Chidambaram, has paved way for renewing their demand for separate Bodoland.
ABSU has staged a demonstration in New Delhi on 28th October 2010 and met Minister of State in PMO ( Prime Ministers Office), Prithviraj Chavan.
President and general secretary of ABSU, Pramod Boro and Jiron Basumatary, respectively, claimed that as far as the demand for a separate State is concerned, all factions were united despite their differences.
“Though we are divided, the issue is important and demand for a separate State is a long-standing one,” said the general secretary.
However, ABSU leaders were quick to add that they do not have faith in solution of their problems under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, as it has failed to deliver. The Government of India, Assam Government and BLT signed the Bodo Accord in 2003 paving the way for their entry into politics.
The leaders claimed that though they have revived the demand for a separate State, they are in no hurry to intensify their agitation, in the face of the violent atmosphere prevailing in the BTAD areas. “Ours would be a non-violent and democratic movement, the president and general secretary said.
Bodos are the largest tribe in Assam who claimed to have more than 35lacs population. They have also witnessed violent struggle in their areas since 1987 for separate Bodo state as well as separate country =, spearheaded by proscribed NDFB.