On Monday, a new Bodo peace deal was signed in New Delhi with the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB). The accord was signed by the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU). The group has been spearheading a movement for a Bodoland state. The move was taken to promote peace in the Northeast.
But, the non-Bodo groups in the Bodoland region of Assam have protested the deal claiming it to be “discriminatory.” The group said that the accord was finalized without consulting with the non-Bodo communities who constitute near about 70 percent of Bodoland’s population.
During the agreement signing, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal were present.
Naba Kumar Sarania, a two-time Lok Sabha MP from the Kokrajhar constituency said, “This area where the new accord will be applicable is not a Bodo dominated area, Bodoland is a mix bag of communities. To not to listen to the majority voice and to do an accord only hearing the Bodos is not correct. If the centre had to do a deal they should have included all communities since all want peace. We want these rebels who surrendered to be part of the mainstream but our voice needs to be heard as well.”
To unite all the non-Bodo community in the area, Mr Sarania formed a new political party. The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election will be held in April. The Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) is an ally of the BJP and part of the Sarbananda Sonowal government in Assam.
“This is a political move since the Bodoland council election was nearing. BJP ally BPF would have lost. BJP wants unrest and fights here so that it can do politics over it. If we find non-Bodos being discriminated against, we will fight them and finish them politically,” Mr Sarania said.
“Whatever the accord be, we will not accept it and continue to agitate because in the past this was part of the Kamatapur kingdom, we are more aboriginal than the Bodos,” he added.
In the wake of the new accord, several non-Bodo groups have called for ‘indefinite’ agitations in the area. They have also demanded a separate Kamatapur state consisting of parts of North Bengal and parts of Bodoland.