At a time when celebrations gripped the BTAD after the historic Bodo accord was signed, the non-Bodos residing in Baksa staged protests on January 28th, 2020, saying the Centre has been hatching a conspiracy against to divide Assam.
“The central government has been hatching a conspiracy to divide Assam,” Tuleswar Rajbongshi, a local of Goreswar, said while slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government over the Bodo accord.
Speaking to the media persons, Rajbongshi said, “Around 67 per cent non-Bodos residing in the region are now in fear after the Bodo Accord was signed. The government inked the accord without the cognizance of the non-Bodos.”
He further accused the central as well as the state government of depriving the non-Bodos residing in the region from the past. “We feel neglected in every moment. The government has not done anything for the non-Bodos to date,” he added.
Besides, while talking about the government’s move to add more constituencies in the BTAD region, Rajbongshi said, “There are 40 constituencies in the region as of now. But, the government has moved to increase the constituencies to 60. This conspicuously indicates the government’s plan to divide the state. We strongly condemn it and won’t allow it.”
The accord signed on January 27th, 2020, is the third accord with the insurgent group to solve the Bodo issues. The first accord was signed in 1993 leading to the formation of BTAD while the second was signed in 2003 leading to the formation of Bodoland Territorial Council. As per the accord, the BTAD will be renamed as Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the accord will usher new dawn of peace, harmony and togetherness. He also said that the Accord will further protect and popularise the unique culture of the Bodo people.