Demanding a solution to the Bodoland issue, organizations asking for a separate Bodoland on Thursday announced a chain of fresh agitation, along with a 10-day economic blockade in January.
This announcement came after their protest at Ramlila Maidan and Parliament Street in New Delhi on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A report in The Telegraph said, a 24-hour national highway blockade in the second week and a hunger strike in the last week of December will be part of this agitation before the economic blockade takes place.
‘We have not decided the exact date of the economic blockade but it will be in the later part of January. We will carry on our agitation till a separate Bodoland state is created to fulfill the aspiration of the Bodos,’ All Bodo Students’ Union president Pramod Boro said.
The demand for a separate state in areas of lower Assam where indigenous Bodo people, the state’s biggest tribal group, are mostly concentrated has been going on since the late 1980s.
In 2003, the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) comprising four districts was created to protect the rights of the indigenous communities. The Bodo Peoples’ Front, which is in power in the autonomous administrative council, is part of the BJP-led coalition in Assam.
Despite creation of the BTC, the demand for a separate state continues.