BTC Chief Pramod Boro urges Paresh Baruah to join 'mainstream'

BTC Chief Pramod Boro urges Paresh Baruah to join 'mainstream'


KOKRAJHAR: Pramod Boro, the newly-elected Chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), today urged the Paresh Baruah led faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (or ULFA-I) to consider joining the mainstream for talks with the Government.

"They (ULFA-I) are carrying out a struggle for the good of the people. I don't know when the armed stuggle will end, but we all want Paresh Baruah to consider joining the mainstream" Boro said on the sidelines of a programme today, adding, "Violence never solves anything. We have to solve our problems by being a part of civil society and tackling the issues through politics and other civil ways."

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"Paresh Baruah has taken part in an armed struggle for several decades. However, what we need to look at whether the people are benefitting from the struggle. If nobody is benefitting from the struggle, it is best to leave it behind," the student leader-turned-politician further added.

Boro, the former leader of the All Bodo Students Union was also instrumental in the signing of the BTR pact with the Centre. He later went on to join the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) and would eventually go on to be elected CEM after a hard-fought election that saw his party garnering the support of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP).

In December 10, after the Congress-led UPA government announced the formation of a separate state in the south by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh (Telangana), Pramod Boro-led ABSU also started a mass movement  – If Telangana then why not Bodoland?

However, the signing of the treaty last year in January brought an end to the long-running insurgency problem in the Boroland Territorial Council (BTC).

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