23 C
Thursday, January 28, 2021

    Is BTC left to burn again?

    By Debananda Medak

    GUWAHATI: After the signing of the Bodoaland Territorial Region (BTR) Accord on January 27, it was anticipated that the long awaited peace and prosperity will return to the people residing in the Bodoland Territorail Area Districts. The driving force of that notion was the disbanding of all the National Bodoland Democratic Front (NDFB) factions that marked the end of armed conflicts prevailed in the region for years.   

    However, despite the signing of the BTR Accord, the BTC is undergoing political instability in two major grounds – the scheduled area has been under the Governor’s rule ever since April, 2020. Hence, demanding the end of the Governor’s rule in BTC, the Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Party (BPF) has launched its indefinite street protests and torch march across BTAD from Wednesday.

    Former Executive Member of the BTC and a BPF candidate for the ensuing Council polls, Dhaneswar Goyary said, “Torch march and protest will continue across BTAD until the date for the ensuing Council polls is announced. We do not want Governor’s rule in BTC.”

    At the same time, Kokrajhar MP Naba Kumar Sarania-led Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) and other non-Bodo communities of BTC also burnt tyres in various parts of BTAD in protest against the implementation of the BTR Accord. GSP adviser Brojen Mahanta said, “The implementation of the BTR Accord is one-sided. It has threatened the rights and privileges of the indigenous non-Bodo communities residing in BTC.” He asserted that the protest will continue until the grievances and issues of the non-Bodos are addressed and resolved.   

    Under this given situation, the BTC has been burning in one hand for demanding immediate election while on the other; the region has been burning demanding not to implement the BTR Accord.  The question remains, is the BTC left to burn again?

    Recently, the state government of Assam wrote a letter to the Election Commission of India and announced that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation prevailing in the state, the bye-elections for Sivasagar and Rangapara assembly constituencies and the BTC cannot be conducted.     

    The five-year term of the BTC expired on April 27. The elections to the council, scheduled on April 4, were deferred because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, Assam’s Governor Jagdish Mukh had on April 27 assumed to himself the administration of the BTC that administers the BTAD.

    Mohilary had been the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Council since its creation in 2003 until its dissolution.


    Follow TIME8.IN on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK and on YOUTUBE to stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time

    First published


    BREAKING: Air Commodore Dharmendra Singh Dangi took over the Command of IAF station Tezpur

    He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, a Test Pilot and an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and College of Air Warfare

    Jonbeel Mela: Where tradition serves as the only currency

    The three-day fair, kicked off from Thursday, is organised by the Tiwa Community at Dayang Belguri in Morigaon district for over five centuries.

    Series of Chakka Bandh may hit Assam from January 27

    If not addressed then transport operators will go for 48 hours Chakka Bandh on February 12 and 13

    Meghalaya gets India’s longest road arch bridge

    This iconic structure is expected to boost the tourism sector in the state

    Archeology Dept. Restored British-era Police Station in Assam

    The state government has been working towards the goal of a smart police force

    Jerenga Pathar to be part of 5 iconic archaeological sites: PM Modi

    The Prime Minister also paid his tribute to the sacrifice of Joymoti, the Ahom princess who sacrificed her life for her husband Gadapani, in the Jeranga Pathar.

    ULFA(I), NSCN call for R-Day Boycott

    Assam Police have taken all security measures to thwart any subversive activities of militant outfits