Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit Kokrajhar district in Assam to participate in the celebrations of the signing of the Bodo Agreement, on February 7th, 2020.
More than 4,00,000 people from the BTAD districts and all over Assam are expected to attend the programme. A cultural programme of ethnic groups of Assam has been organised by the Assam Government to showcase the diversity of the state, according to a PIB statement.
Assam Finance Minister and NEDA Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma on February 4th, 2020, along with Assam Urban Development Minister Pijush Hazarika, Assam Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma, Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary and Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member Tuliram Ronghang reviewed preparations for the event. All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) leaders and Kokrajhar MP Biswajit Daimary too visited the site of the event.
This will be Modi’s first visit to Assam since it witnessed non-stop anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in which five people were killed.
The Prime Minister shall address the gathering to hail the historic Bodo Agreement signed on January 27th, 2020, by including the leading stakeholders under one framework.
The Union home ministry on January 27th, 2020 signed a historic Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with all the factions of National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and Assam government.
The tripartite agreement was signed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, top leadership of the four factions of the NDFB and the Centre. The ABSU, which has been spearheading the statehood movement, was also a signatory.
The factions of NDFB viz Gobindo Basumatary faction, Dhirendra Bodo faction, Ranjan Daymari faction & Saoraigwra faction and the United Bodo Peoples Organization are the signatories of the Accord.
In a tweet from his personal handle, Prime Minister termed the day as “a very special day for India” and that the accord, “will lead to transformative results for Bodo People, ushering in a new dawn of peace, harmony & togetherness”.
Accordingly, over 1,615 cadres of different factions of the NDFB have surrendered their arms and joined the mainstream on January 30th, 2020. A special package of Rs 1500 Crore is earmarked for the development of the region.