Ranjan Daimary, the President of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) is going to be released soon. The release might even happen before the Durga Puja celebrations in the first week of October.
As per sources, Daimary has been granted bail in all cases against him and only the hearing of the session court remains. The Assam Government is reported to have made no objection and facilitated the release of the NDFB leader in order to facilitate the peace process and lateral talks between the NDFB and the Union Government of India.
It is being believed that the release of Ranjan Daimary is being largely facilitated due to requests by the Bodo National Conference, an umbrella organization of 23 different Bodo political parties and organizations. The Bodo National Conference has been demanding that the State Government should facilitate the release of Ranjan Daimary, chief of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (R) to pave the way for peaceful political dialogue with the outfit. Besides, Ranjan Daimary himself has already written to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, and the State Government that they should facilitate his release to start the process of talks with the outfit.
Mentionable that the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) was earlier known as Bodo Security Force (BSF), has been formed in October 3, 1986, in Odla Khasibari village of Udalguri, under the leadership of Ransaigra Nabla Daimary alias Ranjan Daimary. The main agenda of the NDFB has been, so far, in their words-
- Separate itself from the “expansionism and occupation of India”
- Free Bodoland from the exploitation, oppression, and domination by colonialists
- Uphold the integrity of a sovereign Bodoland
- Set up a Democratic Socialist Society that promoted Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity
- Change the Bodo script to Roman
- Take part indirectly or directly in the elections in the lower house of parliament
The release of Ranjan Daimary is expected to pave the way for talks between NDFB and the government of India on the issue of Bodoland statehood. However, the slow progress of the peace talks with the NDFB (Progressive) is a matter of concern, raised by several groups. Also, it is yet unclear if both factions of the NDFB should be held together or separately.