Ahead of the signing of the historic Bodo Accord, the Barama Ancholik Nikhil Boro Satra Union hoisted a white flag and organised a prayer meet in Lower Assam’s Baksa district on January 27th, 2020.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is going to sign a fresh peace accord with all factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on January 27th, 2020 in New Delhi.
The tripartite agreement will be signed at 1:30 pm in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, top leaders of the four factions of the NDFB, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Satyendra Garg and Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna.
The prayer meet was organised at Barama Primary Bodo Sahitya Sabha office which saw mass participation of the locals. “White flag symbolises peace. We prayed for lasting peace and harmony in Bodoland. We prayed for the successful implementation of the Bodo Accord,” said a local.
The four factions of the NDFB, which will sign the pact, are led by Ranjan Daimary, Govinda Basumatary, Dhiren Boro and B Saoraigwra.
It will be the third Bodo accord to be signed by the Centre and other stakeholders after 27 years. The first Bodo accord was signed in 1993 with the All Bodo Students’ Union, leading to the creation of a Bodoland Autonomous Council.
The second Bodo accord was signed in 2003 with the militant group Bodo Liberation Tigers, which lead to the formation of a Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) with four districts of Assam – Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska and Udalguri – called the BTAD. The region is predominantly inhabited by the indigenous Bodo people and other indigenous communities of Assam.
The BTC was formed under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution. The demand for a separate state for the Bodos has been going on in Assam for about five decades. The demand for a separate Bodoland state or union territory has led to agitations, protests, violence and several deaths.