The blockade at Udalguri railway station disrupted rail communication on the Udalguri-Tezpur- Dekargaon, NJP-Rangapara-Naharlagun sections,with trains either being cancelled or halted at different stations
In pic: The mamooth gathering in the rail blockade programme at Udalguri railway station on Monday.
Reiterating its demand for creation of separate state of Bodoland to be carved out of Assam, the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and its allied organizations that include members of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, All Bodo Employees Federation, All Bodo Womens’ Welfare Federation,NDFB(P), PJACBM , on Monday blocked rail movement for 10 hours,disrupting train connectivity in the northern part of state since dawn.
Over 20,000 people coming from far-flung areas of Udalguri,Baksa and Sonitpur districts joined the programme and rent the air shouting slogans “No Bodoland no rest”, “No discrimination against Bodos will be tolerated”, “Divide Assam 50-50” . The blockade at Udalguri railway station had a hard hitting impact as it disrupted rail communication on the Udalguri-Tezpur- Dekargaon, (New Jalpaiguri) NJP-Rangapara-Naharlagun sections with trains either be cancelled or being halted at different railway stations.
Coming down heavily on the discriminatory stand of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the centre and the state towards addressing the long pending demands of the Bodo people, The Bodo groups say their faith in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to resolve the Bodoland issue was “misplaced” and they only got “false assurances” from the party — during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the 2016 state elections. ABSU general secretary Lawrence Islary said “we warn the government that nopolitical conspiracy against Bodos will be tolerated”.
Demanding safety and right of the ethnic Bodo people and a united Bodo nation, Islary accused the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of coming to power with a false commitment of solving the Bodoland issue. “We the joint group were optimistic of resolving our half century long crisis when the national leadership of BJP raised the slogans of ‘Paribartan’ (change) and ‘acche din aane wala hain’ on the eve of the polls before they came to the power,” he said.
“Believing it, we met the national leadership such as union ministers Rajnath Singh and Kiren Rijiju repeatedly for the last two and half” ,He added. years. The Bodo organisations also met chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal when he was union minister many a time appealing him to resume the tripartite talks with the Bodo organisations for permanent peace and solution to the unsolved Bodo issues,” he added.
The government is ignoring and undermining the issues as they are engaging in political conspiracy to exploit the marginalised groups and the communities of the country whom they promised to deliver an equitable governance and justice after more than half century of Congress rule at the centre, he alleged. “Since we have contribution to the BJP coming to power we had expectations from the BJP regime that something would be done to resolve the Bodo problem. So we waited for the last two and half years without taking up any agitational programme,” he added.
“We have set a target for amicable solution of Bodoland issue within three years through mission Bodoland-2019 and intensive people’s movement would continue till the government gives positive response,” he said adding that there could be some government agency or third force which intended to derail the Bodoland movement. He called upon all to be cautious towards the bad elements of Bodoland movement.
The programme was also attended by Dipen Boro vice-president of ABSU,Rakesh Boro Chief convenor of PJACBM. Dipen Boro also addressed the mamooth gathering promising of more severe me democratic protest near future if their demands are not paid heed to.