GUWAHATI, Dec 10: The Centre’s green signal towards the formation of the new Telangana State has stirred up the hornets’ nest in Assam, leading to fresh demands for separate Bodoland and Dimaraji carved out of the State.
“If Andhra Pradesh can be divided and Telangana formed, why can’t Bodoland be formed in Assam?” questioned Hagrama Mohilary, Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
Mohilary was the head of the Bodoland Liberation Tigers (BLT) that had launched an armed movement for Bodoland, but later settled for an autonomous council as the then BJP-led NDA Government had maintained that reorganization of States was not possible.
“If the policy for forming new States can be changed and applied for Telangana, it should be done for Bodoland as well,” Mohilary demanded.
Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary also raised the demand in the Upper House today, while his party colleagues will raise it in the Lok Sabha as well as the State Assembly tomorrow.
Mohilary said the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) will now launch a sustained democratic movement to press for its demand of a separate Bodoland. The proposed Bodoland would comprise the present Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas and parts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur districts also, he added.
Meanwhile, appreciating the recent initiatives taken by the Centre to solve the ‘‘Dimaraji issue’’ and other problems of the Dimasas, the All Dimasa Students’ Union (ADSU) and the Dimasa People’s Council (DPC) said integration of all Dimasa-inhabited areas is a popular demand that is supported by all tribes and communities living in the “demanded” area. “Dimaraji is not just a demand, but a fact. The demand is based on political and historical rights,” DPC president Mrinal Kanti Phonglosa and ADSU president Prafulla Hafila said in a statement issued today. THE SENTINEL