Today the central government has signed an agreement with one of Assam's insurgent groups— the National Democratic Boroland Front (NDFB)—providing political and economic bonanza.
The tripartite agreement was signed in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, top leadership of the NDFB's four factions, ABSU, joint secretary at home ministry Satyendra Garg and Assam chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna.
The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), which has been spearheading a movement for a Bodoland state, was also a signatory to the accord.
“It is a historical accord,” Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla said and asserted that the pact will bring a comprehensive solution to the Bodo issue.
After the lone outfit demanding a separate Bodoland state, NDFB (Saoraigwra), came overground on January 11 and decided to join the peace parleys, the Centre expedited the process of reaching an “ultimate” solution to the Bodo issue festering since the late eighties.
All Bodoland movement leaders including four NDFB groups, All Bodo Students ' Union representatives and People's Joint Action Committee for the Bodoland Movement camped in Delhi. NDFB leader Ranjan Daimary, sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the Oct 30, 2008, serial bomb blasts, also flew to Delhi on Saturday to participate in the talks after being released on bail.
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