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Demand for Bodoland: ABSU sets Aug. 13 as deadline for talks with Assam Govt., Centre

Guwahati, Aug. 9 (ANI): The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) that has been crusading for separate statehood for Bodos, has set August 13 as the deadline for tripartite talks with the Assam Government and the Centre on the issue.

ABSU President Promod Boro said they have decided to suspend the stir with hopes that the Assam Government and Centre would abide by the terms of August 13 as the deadline.

“Yes, the CM office invited us through Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner and one team under the leadership of Jibon Basumatary, Vice President of the All Bodo Students Union, met the Chief Minister. Our demand was we want tripartite talks with the Government of India before 13th August and we have suspended our all programmes up to 13th August,” he said.

ABSU Vice President Jibon Basumatary led a delegation of the outfit’s functionaries for a meeting at Dispur on Wednesday in response to an invitation from the Assam Chief Minister.

The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) had earlier called for a 60-hour shutdown in Assam to press its demand for a separate Bodoland state.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had earlier said that people have the right to agitate, but no one can take laws into their hand.

The demand for Bodoland gained ground following the Centre’s nod for the creation of a separate state of Telengana. (ANI)