Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi had reiterated that Assam will not be divided any more. “We are for a considerate response to the issues raised by the militant outfits but no further division of the State is possible to accommodate their demands. We have made this very clear,” Gogoi said at a press conference in Guwahati recently.
This statement is significant since recently NDFB pro-talk group held a demonstration in Kokrajhar, demanding creation of Bodoland which would include present BTAD areas and sent a memorandum to president of India.
With BJP supporting creation of smaller states and recent demand for Telengana state out of Andhra Pradesh, it would be a difficult situation for Congress government in Assam. NDFB, who had been demanding separate country before ceasefire, has now come down to demanding separate state.
Demand for separate Bodoland state saw violent agitation in 1990s which resulted in formation of BTAD areas under sixth schedule of Indian constitution where districts enjoy autonomy barring few departments like Police, Judicial etc.
Apart from Bodos, other tribes in Assam have also been demanding sixth schedule districts at separate areas in Assam.