By Our Kokrajhar Bureau
Kokrajhar (Assam),Feb 10: The Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) party today celebrated 20th BTC accord day (Bodoland Territorial Council) as Bodoland Divas across the districts of Bodoland Territorial Council with day-long programme .
The historic BTC accord, which was regarded as second Bodo peace accord was signed on Feb 10 ,2003 after tripartite peace talks between former BLT leaders, centre and state government of Assam.
Notably, the BTC accord created three new districts curbing the some areas from different districts of Lower Assam like Bongaigaon,Dhubri, Barpeta, Nalbari,Darrang etc through the spirit of the Bodo peace accord.
Since the BTC accord, the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) reigned till March,2020 in the Bodoland Territorial Council government under the leadership of Hagrama Mohilary,who was also the chief of BPF .
A new political development took place in Bodoland Territorial Council area and the third BTR accord (Bodoland Territorial Region) was signed on Jan 27 2020 after a tripartite peace talks between Bodo organisation leaders (ABSU, NDFB’s four factions, UBPO), government of Assam and government of India.
The historic BTR accord was regarded as third Bodo peace accord that brought an environment of arms free culture across the Bodoland belt as four fractions of NDFB joined the peace accord and showed it’s solidarity towards the upliftment and development of the people in the region.
BPF on Thursday celebrated the BTC accord day as Bodoland Day in all district and sub divisional headquarters of Bodoland Territorial Council that saw huge participation from all walks of life .
In Kokrajhar,the BTC accord day was organised at Debargaon Bodoland martyrs cemetery complex.
BPF supremo and ex-BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary hoisted the flag at Debargaon Bodoland martyrs cemetery complex in Kokrajhar followed by homage to the Bodoland martyrs.
He also paid homage to Late Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma, the former ABSU president in front of BTC Secretariat,Bodofa Nwgwr.
A cultural programme was also organised at Bathow-Kherai resort, Shyamtaibari in Chirang.
BPF president Hagrama Mohilary said that the BTC accord was signed in between former BLT leaders, state and central government that paved the way for bringing welfare and development among all sections of the society in the lower Assam districts.
He said that the BTC accord was a historic Bodo accord that received support and cooperation from all communities residing in the Bodoland belt.
He recalled contributions of Bodoland martyrs who laid their lives for the cause of the Bodoland statehood demand.
“We would remember the contributions and sacrifice of Bodoland martyrs in the days to come”, Mohilary said adding that the BTC accord brought an environment of peace and harmony among all sections of communities.
Mohilary also accused that the BTR accord can’t fulfil hopes and aspiration of the citizens in BTC districts as of now BTC government under the leadership of Pramod Boro can’t do any welfare and development for the society.
He said that the BTR accord was not an acceptable Bodo accord in the region ,but it had brought a good steps towards the bringing end of arms struggle of former NDFB organisations.
He has expressed his serious concern over BTC alliance government led by UPPL party in Bodoland Territorial Council for not been able to address issues and grievances of the common masses in the entire BTC districts.
He said that BPF is committed to work for the welfare and development of the society and accordingly working for the upiftment and integrity of various communities.
On the recently floated new student organisation Bodo National Students Union (BNSU), Mohilary said that this is the need of the society to lead student community in the region. He has opined that formation of new student organisation is not going illegal and is a democratic right of the citizens of a democratic country.
He has denied the allegations levelled against the BPF over the formation of BNSU, and clarified that BPF is not involved with the formation of BNSU.
Among others,ex minister Pramila Rani Brahma, BPF leaders Derhasat Basumatary, Pradip Kumar Brahma were prominent attendees at the event.