PM Modi in Assam to celebrate the signing of BODO Agreement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Assam ahead of his visit to Kokrajhar where he will address the people at an event. PM is visiting Assam to celebrate the signing of the BODO Agreement.
Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Governor Jagdish Mukhi among others welcome the Prime Minister in Assam.
The BODO Agreement was recently signed on January 27, 2020. The agreement is between the Centre, state and nine BODO organisations. The organisations also include the four rebel factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland.
This is the Prime Minister’s first visit to Assam since the announcement of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Due to the ongoing protests in Assam against the act PM earlier cancelled his two visits.
The new accord is the third agreement between the government and the BODO factions. With the first two accords proving to be inadequate in ceasing violence and insurgencies, the third accord comes with new clauses to stop violent conflicts.
PM hails BODO Agreement.
On the historic occasion of celebration of the BODO Agreement, PM hails the Bodo community in Kokrajhar, Assam. “Today after decades, the road to the development of people and this region has been empowered. I welcome everyone involved in the Bodoland movement to India’s mainstream,” says PM.
The Prime assures the regional community that from now on there will be no episodes of darkness in the land. No citizen will become a prey to violence. “We won’t allow the darkness of terrorism to return here. No citizen will die of violence anymore in this region. Mothers whose children have returned from the wilderness are blessing me today. So many families are enjoying reconciliation. The road for permanent peace has opened up only due to your help and willpower.”
PM also quotes Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence) to thank the people of Assam for accepting peace, ahimsa and democracy. “The arrival of peace to Assam is a historic moment. It is a great coincidence that it has happened when the entire country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.”
The New Accord.
“According to the Accord, BTC’s territorial range has been increased and given more power. The Centre and Assam government, and people associated with the Bodo movement, have signed an Accord that fulfils all demands and development is our main concern hereon. Every right, culture, language, and development will be ensured. This accord will not only benefit the Bodo people but other societies as well,” says PM Modi in Kokrajhar.
As part of the historic agreement around 1,615 armed cadres have already surrendered their arms. These cadres belong to different factions of NDFB. They have become the part of mainstream within two days of the signing of the agreement.
PM also announces a special package of Rs 1,500 crore for the development of BODO areas. The Assam government thanks the PM for the peace accord. Many banners and hoardings are put by the government thanking the PM.