By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: At a time when the political commentators of the state and other conscious voters of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) were deeply engaged in speculating the pre-poll alliance and possible frontrunner of the ensuing Council polls, the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) has not hesitated to extend its support openly to the Pramod Boro-led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL).
In his effort to justify the support, ABSU President Dipen Boro said, “The UPPL is needed in power in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) ousting Hagrama Mohilary and his party – Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) to accommodate the signatories of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) Accord.”
Stressing that the BPF chief Mohilary has been repeatedly terming the BTR Accord a ‘big zero’, the president of the Bodo’s apex students’ body said, “The BPF is against the implementation of the BTR Accord. Under this given situation, ABSU, being a signatory of the third BTC Accord was left with no alternative other than supporting the UPPL which has been promising to implement the Accord in letter spirit.”
Recalling the historic circumstances that led Hagrama Mohilary to become the chief executive member (CEM) of the BTC, Boro further said, “Hagrama Mohilary was accommodated in power by the people of Bodoland as a courtesy to his struggle and sacrifice he did for the Bodo cause. Accordingly, he has ruled the BTC for the last 17 years. It is time that we give equal justice to the signatories of the third BTC Accord now.”
Boro asserted that the clear voice of the people of BTAD is that the signatories of the BTR Accord should be accommodated in power in the BTR replacing Hagrama from power.
“The Bodo society is committed to bed in the UPPL in power in the BTC right after this ensuing assembly polls,” Boro said.
Asserting that the implementation of the BTR Accord is also equally important to withdraw the heinous criminal charges pending against certain signatories, particularly of the NDFB factions, he said, “No political party is committed to this cause.”
“Rehabilitation of all the cadres of the NDFB factions is also a major concern for all us,” he stressed.
Notably, after signing the third BTR Accord on January 27, 2020, the then ABSU president Pramod Boro quit the union and took charge of the UPPL as chief. However, the leaders of the NDFB factions were divided again and they separately joined the UPPL while the other joined the Mohilary-led BPF party.
Boro added, “The UPPL never asked for help from the ABSU. Rather, ABSU has willingly decided to extend help to the UPPL to ensure that the Accord is implemented for the greater interest of the people of BTAD.”
The ABSU also reasoned to oust the BPF from power to end the practices of alleged rampant corruption and nepotism committed by the BPF over the last 17 years.