With the Centre deciding to initiate the process for a separate Telengana, Bodos, Dimasas and Karbis have revived their long-standing demand for separate states to be carved out of Assam.
The demand for a separate Bodo state was today raised in the Assam Assembly by Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), the coalition partner of the ruling Congress.
Transport Minister Chandan Brahma, who belongs to the BPF, told the house that the creation of a Bodo state was possible and the government should consider the matter.
"Our demand for a state was much older than that of Telangana...If Telangana could be created, there is no reason why Bodos cannot have their own state. We had accepted the Bodoland Territorial Council under the Sixth Schedule as the then NDA government at the Centre had said there was no policy for creation of another state," he said.
BPF president Hagram Mohilary said, "We are happy for the people of Telangana and now that the Centre has approved the creation of Telangana state, a separate Bodoland state should also be created."
The Nunisa faction of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) and United Peoples' Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) said they would revive their demand for separate Dimasa and Karbi states respectively.