PM praises self, non-Bodos miffed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his first rally in Assam after the Citizenship Amendment Act last December

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his first rally in Assam after the Citizenship Amendment Act last December.

PM Modi said signing of the Bodo Accord was a historic agreement that will bring peace to the region.

In the rally, PM as usual focussed on self-praise but failed to talk on the concerns of non-Bodos who feel left out of the accord.

The non-Bodos said the accord did not have anything positive for them.

“We are not against the peace process but this accord has ignored the interests of the other ethnic communities in the area." said Naba Kumar Sarania, independent MP from Kokrajhar.

The BTC governs the BTAD. This council was formed after the second Bodo accord in 2003...... replacing the Bodoland Autonomous Council that the first accord in 1993 offered.

Latest accord renamed the BTC as the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) with more administrative and fiscal powers.

Hiteswar Barman, adviser to the All Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union, put the non-Bodo population at 73%.

“In pleasing 27% of people, the Centre ignored the political, social and economic rights of the non-Bodos in BTAD,” he said.

Ibrahim Ali Ahmed, the working president of the All Bodo Minority Students’ Union, foresaw doom for the non-tribal people.

“It is unfortunate that the non-tribal stakeholders were kept in the dark about this accord...

...We are not optimistic as the 2003 accord did not prevent injustice to the non-tribal people,” he said.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the pact has balanced the aspirations of everyone in BTR and adjoining areas.

Officials, however, are wary of complications in the hills of central Assam far from the BTAD....... because of the provision in the accord giving Scheduled Tribe (Hills) status to the Bodos living in Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong districts.

Peace accord claims to bring peace to the region but local tribes feel, government neglected the non-Bodos.

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