The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which had been waging an armed struggle for the rights of Bodo and other ethnic groups of Assam, on March 9th, 2020, formally disbanded itself.
All three factions of the outlawed outfit, which had entered into a peace agreement with the government after 12 years of negotiations and dialogue on January 27th, 2020, resolved to disband itself in a meeting held at Sonai designated camp.
“The three groups of NDFB (NDFB (D), NDFB (RD) and NDFB (S)) have agreed and declared dissolution of the NDFB today,” the press communiqué stated.
The group also requested the government to remove the ‘banned’ status of the group. Two former ‘presidents’ and one former ‘general secretary’ signed the resolution. “Since the NDE13 is still banned in the eyes of the law of the land all the three groups of NDFB today would like to request benignly the concerned government to declare disband the aforesaid organizations on the basis of spirit of the MoS so that all the leaders and cadres of the organizations can live freely as a civilian life,” the communiqué further stated.
It may be mentioned that the group was formed on October 3rd, 1986, and was declared banned by the government in the 1990s. After the sturdy struggle, the NDFB had come into the cease-fire and SoO was signed formally with the government of India in 2005 with an aim to resolving long-pending political issues of the ethnic people.
Photo credit: @narendramodi