GUWAHATI: Bodo women justice forum president and human rights activist Anjali Daimary on Monday joined the Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodo Peoples’ Front (BPF) and said that time has come to take a stand and indulge in development politics.
Talking to Time8, Daimary, who is also the younger sister of former NDFB leader Ranjan Daimary, said, “As a human rights activist, I have fought for the last 28 years seeking justice for various issues. Now it is time that I should take a clear stand and indulge in development politics to uplift our people.”
She said, “The third Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Accord has ended the decade-long arm revolution prevailed in the BTC areas. I realise, not only for me, the time has come for every Bodo leaders to concentrate on development politics.”
Praising the all-round progress achieved by the BPF in the BTC areas, Daimary said, “The BPF leaders, who once fought for the cause of the Bodos with arms, were not politicians, activists or social workers. After the formation of the BTC, they (BPF leaders) started from the zero. What we see here in BTC today is their credit.”
Refuting the allegation that the BPF failed in achieving the developmental aspiration of the people of BTC, Daimary added, “Even India took 70 years to achieve the present scenario. The development itself is a gradual process. The development achieved by the BPF is extraordinary and visible.”
She criticised the BJP-led Centre as well as the state government for imprisoning former NDFB leader Ranjan Daimary even after the signing of the third Bodo Accord in which the currently disbanded militant outfit was also one of the signatories. Recently, a number of Bodo ethnic organisations also raised concern over Daimary’s confinement in jail after signing the latest BTR Accord.
Notably, the BPF had been ruling the BTC ever since its formation.
The state election commission has been gearing up to conduct the BTC election amid covid-19 pandemic.
Recently, the Assam state election commission had asked the deputy commissioners of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri districts to set up auxiliary polling stations in order to conduct the ensuing BTC elections.
The BTC polls were scheduled for April 4 but were deferred indefinitely on March 20 following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Presently, the council has been undergoing Governor’s rule.