Imphal, Feb 7
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attended the celebration for signing of the Bodo Accord today.
Nearly 4 to 5 lakh people are attended in the event. A bike rally was taken out by All Bodo Students Union yesterday welcoming the accord and Prime Minister’s visit. Apart from the Prime Minister, Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and his ministerial colleagues will attend the event.
The Tripartite Bodo Agreement was signed between the Centre, Assam Government and the banned Assam-based insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) on 27th of last month. The Agreement is aimed at bringing political and economic benefits to the Bodo tribe, which is one of the largest tribes of Assam.
Attending the celebration Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Kokrajhar rally the largest in Independent India. Modi is in Assam’s Kokrajhar district to celebrate the signing of Bodo Peace Accord. While addressing a huge gathering at Kokrajhar, Modi said, “I’ve seen a lot of rallies in my political and public life, but I have never seen such a large crowd. This is certainly one of the largest political rallies in India in the post-Independence era.”
“Today is the day to remember those martyrs who laid down their lives for the country doing their duty. Today is the day to remember Upendra Nath and Roop Nath Bramha and to pay our respects to them,” Modi said.The Prime Minister announced development package of Rs 1500 cr for Bodo areas of Assam.
“As part of the Accord, Rs 1500 crore will be given as a special developmental package to help the Bodos,” he said.In an apparent jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Modi said,”At times some leaders talk about beating me with sticks, but I am shielded by your love and affection, need not fear ‘danda’.”
The Prime Minister termed the Bodo Accord as a way for permanent peace, a new beginning for the region.
“The Bodo accord is to celebrate the efforts of intellectuals of the region towards lasting peace. The historical accord has taken care of all pending issues, now we must hit the road to development. I congratulate Bodo youths for being back in the national mainstream,” Modi said.
Taking a dig at previous Congress government, he said, “Previous government acknowledged problems in Northeast, but shied away from finding a solution.”
With bringing the reference of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Modi said, “I want to assure Assamese people that there will be no mass infiltration.””We won’t allow a situation in Northeast where genuine Indian citizens are refugees in their own homelands,” added the PM.He said that Centre will work expeditiously for implementation of the Clause 6 of Assam Accord once the report is submitted.Modi said that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been withdrawn from most of the North-eastern state since BJP government assumed power.”Before we came to power, AFSPA was in force in most of the states in Northeast. After we came to power, the Act has been revoked from most regions in Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, & Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.
The government on Monday signed an accord with one of the dreaded insurgent groups of Assam — the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) — providing political and economic bonanza.
The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), which has been spearheading a movement for a separate Bodoland state was also made a signatory to the accord.
The tripartite agreement was signed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, top leadership of the four factions of the NDFB, ABSU, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Satyendra Garg and Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Meanwhile, union Home Minister Amit Shah today said that the Bodo Peace Accord is yet another testimony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decisive leadership and his efforts to bring lasting peace in Assam.
In a tweet, Mr Shah said, Modi Government is a symbol of new hopes.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]