- Bodo community of the state declared a 12 hours ‘Bandh’ shutting down all the services.
- The shutdown adversely affected the lives of commoners in the state.
- This time the Bodo community shut the schools and educational institutions as well.
The Bodo Community of Assam declared a 12 hours shutdown in the state seeking a separate Bodoland for their community. The Bodos blocked all the services in the state paralyzing the normal life of the people in the state.
The second phase of agitation hits Assam:
The demand for a separate Bodoland is not new to the state as it’s been three decades for the community to fight against the government. The state of Assam is one more time facing the agitation declared by the Bodo community for a separate Bodoland.
The community declared 12 hours ‘Bandh’ or Shutdown in the state that started in the morning at 5 am. The shutdown acted adversely in the state as the all the services being shut, paralyzing the state and the commoners.
Bodo groups are unhappy that despite assurances by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the 2014 general elections to address their demand for a separate state, nothing has happened in the past three years.
Prior to last year’s assembly election, the saffron party reiterated its commitment to solving the issue. But nothing concrete apart from some informal talks has taken place, said the Bodo Community.
Bodo groups are demanding the creation of a separate Bodoland state by carving parts of Western Assam. To what they called the second part of their agitation, which resumed on August 28 with a 10-hour blockade of national highways, urging the BJP-led governments at the Centre and the state to hold tripartite talks.
According to the All Bodo Students Union, “Only emergency services and examinations have been allowed to continue. Business establishments, offices, and banks are closed.”
Over three dozen Bodo organizations under the banner of Peoples Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM) are the part of this agitation.