AGP demands dropping of three Bodo ministers

Asom Gana Parishad on Saturday demanded that Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi immediately drop three ministers belonging to Bodo Peoples Forum (BPF), which raised the demand of a separate Bodo state.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2010, 01:21 AM IST

Guwahati: Asom Gana Parishad on Saturday
demanded that Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi immediately
drop three ministers belonging to Bodo Peoples Forum (BPF),
which raised the demand of a separate Bodo state.

The three are Agriculture Minister Pramila Rani
Brahma, Transport Minister Chandan Brahma and public health
and engineering minister Rihon Daimary.

"How can the chief minister retain the three BPF
ministers in the cabinet when he himself claims to have
rejected the demand," AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary
told reporters here.

"The chief minister has no moral right to retain the
three ministers when their party has expressed the desire to
form a state separate from Assam," he said.

The demand for a separate state was raised at the
two-day Bodo National Convention of 41 Bodo organisations at
Kokrajhar which concluded yesterday and a common platform
Bodoland National Conference (BNC) was formed with BPF
Chairman Hagrama Mohilary as the chief convenor.

BNC also comprises NDFB pro-talk faction, which has
proposed a separate Bodoland.

PTI