Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and leader of Bodoland People’s Front, Biswajit Daimary on August 5th, 2019, urged the Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah to ponder over in providing Union Territory (UT) Status to Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
Speaking at the Upper House of the Parliament, Daimary said, “Exercising Article 244 (A) of the Indian Constitution, the government can think of providing autonomous status with the region. The Centre can directly monitor the activities of China and Bhutan if BTC is granted UT status.”
“Separate Bodoland has remained a decades-old demand of the tribal communities residing in the region in Assam. I would like to request Amit Shah Ji to take some action in the matter like the Centre has brought the resolution for Jammu and Kashmir,” Daimary said.
Article 244(A) deals with the formation of an autonomous State comprising certain tribal areas in Assam and creation of local Legislature or Council of Ministers or both, therefore.
The BTC is a territorial council which has jurisdictions in the Bodoland Territorial Area (BTAD) Districts. It was established on February 10th, 2003. The BTC has 46 executive members each looking after a specific area of control called somisthi. The BTAD consists of four contiguous districts – Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri and Chirang – carved out of seven existing districts – Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamrup, Darrang and Sonitpur.
Hailing the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government’s decision to scrap the Article 370 and 35(A) of the Indian Constitution, Daimary said, “The Bill is the need of the hour keeping in view the deteriorated law and order system in Jammu and Kashmir in the last five years.”
“The decision of the central government was necessary for the sovereignty and security of the country. The Centre can directly monitor the cross-border activities,” he added.
Shah on August 5th, 2019 moved a resolution at the Rajya Sabha to scrap the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in J&K and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories. The notification has been signed by the President of India. The J&K will now be governed by the laws applicable to other Indian citizens.
Guwahati | First Published: Aug 05, 2019