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Updated: August 5, 2013 03:24 IST

Bodoland talks if agitators shun violence: Gogoi

  • Sushanta Talukdar
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A file photo of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
A file photo of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Sunday that his government was willing to discuss statehood if the Bodo agitators shunned the path of violence.

Mr. Gogoi’s offer came amidst stray incidents of violence for the fifth consecutive day in central Assam’s hill district Karbi Anglong. It also came on a day when the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), a partner in the Congress-led government, organised a massive rally in the lower Assam town of Kokrajhar to press for the creation of a separate state of Bodoland. Speakers at the rally, including the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief and BPF president Hagrama Mohilary, said if Telangana could be created, then so could Bodoland be. Mr. Mohilary said the rally was attended by all sections of the people living in the proposed Bodoland and that the statehood movement would be intensified in a peaceful and non-violent manner.

Mr. Gogoi, who returned from New Delhi, said here in a statement that the doors for negotiations were always open for those who eschewed violence. “Violence will not solve any problem. Rather, it will compound matters. Only through non-violent, democratic and peaceful means can problems be resolved amicably.” He warned the agitators that the government would not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands.

Meanwhile, curfew was relaxed from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in Diphu town and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Dongkamokam in Karbi Anglong.

Mr. Gogoi’s statement came on the eve of a 60-day Assam Bandh called by the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) demanding the bifurcation of Assam and the creation of Bodoland. A Bodo political party, United Democratic People’s Front (UDPF), has called a 1,500-hour bandh from Monday.

Mr. Tarun Gogoi is the able Chief Minister of Assam for quite long terms and he is a politically matured person and a respected leader of his state, if he has made an appeal to the people of the Bodo's to shun the path of violence and have a concrete table talks for the formation of the new statehood of Bodo Pradesh, then there is nothing wrong in his appeal.
After all, any constructive steps could only be taken when the peace prevail in the talks, between the Assam Govt. and the front or the organizations, who are advocating for the Bodo Land.
It is also true that in the last many decades, the people of the Bodo Land are struggling for the separate statehood and it was really an unfortunate affairs that the Congress Party at the Center, as well the State Congress leaders, deliberately,paid no heed to the call of the Bodo people and their voices have been dealt with the gun or the bullets, whenever the like minded people wanted to raise the issue, through their peaceful move

from:  Pronob Kumar Roy
Posted on: Aug 6, 2013 at 10:58 IST

These type of agitations would become more frequent and more wide spread and for that the only reasons are the policies and ruling till now by the Government. The so called politicians when find the elected seat a way to earn his life's earning in a short span of his
term he is naturally showing the same path to the youth. Of course whatever the leader does the aam admi follows. It is high time that India needs totally new facce for administration of the country. The routine elections are in no way going to solve the present problem. There is no single party who would emerge as a clear winner and hence there would always be infighting in the ruling co-aliation and there would be no firm decisions or good policies for the better of the masses. Major change in the way of functioning is inevitable.

from:  Madhuri Godse
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 10:27 IST

well done cm gogoi.thats the well thought and good offer in a democratic. you just can't deny any body. you have to well come evrybody for the agitators can't take the violence way of fighting for the state whats so ever. all problem can be solved by discussion.this is india,great

from:  capt.
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 09:39 IST
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