The Centre has announced the creation of a one man expert committee to look into the feasibility of forming the Bodoland state. The former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai committee will submit it’s report on the restructuring of the Assam region in nine months.
A 12 member delegation representing the region has been in Delhi for talks with the Centre on the issue. Bodo Peoples Front – BPF and Bodo National Conference – BNC have welcomed the decision while All Bodo Students Union – ABSU has rejected it calling for an immediate declaration of the new state.
The northern region of the Brahmaputra has been asking for separation from Assam over the last forty years, the demand was partially met with the creation of Bodo Territorial Council in 2003. But BTC did not quell the demand for statehood from the region, and it rose to new levels after the sanction of Telangana recently. BTC had seen violence between Hindu, Muslim factions in 2012, which forms a new angle in the history of the violent Bodo movement.
ABSU has called for a 1000 hour blockade of the region in protest of the new decision, calling it an unjustified delay tactic.
GK Pillai was Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry taking care of the North East region earlier, hence he goes in to the affair with a clear knowledge of the background.
The Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha and other organizations from the West Bengal region are also negotiating with the center asking for a similar committee to look into their demand for separate statehood.