Absu wants policy on new states

Kokrajhar, Jan. 25: The All Bodo Students Union (Absu) urged the Centre for a comprehensive policy on the formation of new states and creation of the separate state of Bodoland.

The student union is observing Republic Day as "sorrow day" by wearing black badges as a mark of protest against the Centre's discriminatory attitude towards the community on the demand of Bodoland.

The influential student union criticised the Centre for toeing an "isolated policy" on the Bodoland issue and threatened a rigorous mass movement if it ignored the demand for Bodoland and created Telangana.

Absu president Promode Boro said in Kokrajhar today that "creation of a separate Bodoland state by a pragmatic and comprehensive policy is one and only way to provide justice to millions of Bodo people of the region. So we demand the formation of state re-organisation commission and create Bodoland, as it has all the feasibility and right to resolve the decades-long Bodo problems for sustainable peace and prosperity in the region".

Boro said Absu welcomed the spirited steps taken by the Centre on the issue of Telangana but at the same time it wanted that the Centre should concede to its legitimate demand for a separate state.

"The government of India had created three new states in 2000, ignoring Bodoland. This time also the Centre is stepping aside the issue, which is discriminatory and intolerable. If Telangana is going to be created, why not Bodoland? Autonomy with amended arrangements and limited mandate cannot accommodate or fulfil our aspirations and grievances; it deserves creation of a full-fledged state. We will not accept the indifferent attitude of the government. We will be forced to start a rigorous mass movement if the Centre creates Telangana and ignores Bodoland," Boro said.

The Absu leader also questioned the government's apathy, asking: "Should the government of India not value Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution and leave the discriminatory attitude? Any isolated decision on creation of a new state in the country will not be tolerated. There must be a comprehensive policy. We hope the Centre comes up with an amicable solution to the demand of Bodoland."

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