NE groups demanding separate states set August 15 deadline

The various tribal communities demanding separate states in North East will intensify their statehood demand movement, if the Central government fails to initiate any process to grant their demand by August 15 .

This decision was taken at a meeting of North East chapter of National Federation for New States (NFNS) here today.

Talking to UNI after the meeting, All Bodo Students Union president Promode Bodo said, “If there is no policy of the government of India to accept and grant our demand by August 15, we will launch intensified movement again.”

Besides ABSU, which supports Bodoland demand, other communities with separate statehood demand in the NE chapter include Kukis, Karbis and Dimasas.

He pointed that the NFNS NE chapter, which was formed before 2014 Lok Sabha polls, had suspended its statehood movement and supported BJP as the party was for smaller states in principle.

Bodo, however, rued that the BJP led NDA government in the Centre has done nothing concrete to meet their demands and only one tripartite talk was held in this issue in the last two years.

He said the NFNS NE chapter leaders will meet parliamentarians, leaders of all registered political parties and chief ministers of different states from July 22 with their demands.

“If we fail to elicit any initiative from the Centre by August 15, we will resume our agitation,” he added.

The North East had been witnessing movements for separate states from various communities, which had also turned violent in the past.

(Source: UNI)

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