A festive fervour has gripped the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) region to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will be addressing the ‘thanksgiving’ rally in Kokrajhar on February 7th, 2020 to celebrate the inking of the Bodo Accord.
The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) activists took out a bike rally in Kokrajhar on February 6th, 2020 to kick-start the celebrations officially.
Kokrajkhar is going to host one of the biggest rallies in its history. More than four lakh people from BTAD and other parts of Assam are likely to attend the rally at Jangkritai Fwtar near Kokrajhar, 216 km from Guwahati.
The Union home ministry on January 27th, 2020 signed a historic Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with all the factions of NDFB and Assam government. The ABSU, which has been spearheading the statehood movement, was also a signatory.
The factions of NDFB viz Gobindo Basumatary faction, Dhirendra Bodo faction, Ranjan Daymari faction and Saoraigwra faction and the United Bodo Peoples Organization are the signatories of the Accord.
Kokrajhar has been decked up for the rally. Security has been beefed up in and around the BTAD region. Four special trains will run to carry people to and fro Kokrajhar. Dance rehearsals are going on in full swing the event venue.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 5th, 2020 reviewed preparations in Kokrajhar ahead of Prime Minister’s visit. This will be Modi’s first visit to Assam since the anti-CAA protests started in the state.
It may be mentioned, as per the MoS, the existing BTAD shall be renamed as Bodoland Territorial Region. The Assam government may consider reorganising the districts, consequent to alteration of the area of BTAD on administrative consideration.