By Debananda Medak
GUWAHTI: The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) said that only time will command the apex students’ body of the Bodos when to revive the demand for a ‘separate statehood’ for the Bodoland.
Talking to Time8, ABSU president Dipen Boro said, “We have no immediate decision when to revive the demand for a separate statehood for the Bodoland. Only time will command the ABSU when to revive the demand of separate statehood. We will wait and watch how successful the implementation of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) Accord will be.”
Stressing that the agenda for demanding separate statehood is currently kept under ‘suspension’, Boro said, “The longevity of the suspension will depend on how successful the Centre and the state government will be in implementing the Accord in the days to come. It will entirely be depending on the sincerity and honesty of the Centre as well as of the state government of Assam.”
Notably, United People’s Party Liberal chief and the then president of ABSU Pramod Boro was one of the signatories of the BTR Accord representing the apex students’ body which was signed on January 27 this year.
‘Divide Assam 50:50’ and a separate statehood for the Bodoland was one of the core demands of the ABSU ever since 1980s. The demand survived right before the signing of the third BTR Accord.
“BTR Accord is the outcome of the decade-long arm struggle of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) factions and the democratic movement launched restlessly by the ABSU ever since the 1980s. After screening the charter of demands raised by the factions of the NDFB and the memorandum of the ABSU, the Ministry of Home Affairs made it clear that there was no scheme for creating a new state. Hence, the maximum aspirations the Bodo society had were accommodated in the BTR Accord in the absence of a plan for creating a new state. We will see the Accord’s outcome.”