Ahead of the signing of the peace accord, Assam Finance Minister and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Bodo Accord shall reaffirm the territorial integrity of Assam. The Minister also mentioned that Accord will ensure “new hope of peace and progress in Bodoland“.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is going to sign a fresh peace accord with all factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on January 27th, 2020 in New Delhi.
The tripartite agreement will be signed at 1:30 pm in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, top leaders of the four factions of the NDFB, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Satyendra Garg and Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna.
The four factions of the NDFB, which will sign the pact, are led by Ranjan Daimary, Govinda Basumatary, Dhiren Boro and B Saoraigwra. The agreement will be signed sans the outfit”s key demand of a separate Bodoland state or union territory, as reported.
Amid widespread protests, Sarma on January 25th, 2020 had clarified that the Centre would not upgrade the state’s Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) to a Union Territory, as part of a new peace accord to be signed between various stakeholders and the Centre.
Addressing a press meet in Guwahati, Sarma said, “Neither Union Territory will be created nor new areas will be added to the BTAD. Assam’s territorial integrity will be kept intact if a fresh Accord is signed in the near future.”
In 2003, an accord was signed with the militant group Bodo Liberation Tigers, which lead to the formation of a Bodoland Territorial Council with four districts of Assam – Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska and Udalguri – called the BTAD. The region is predominantly inhabited by the indigenous Bodo people and other indigenous communities of Assam.
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