Guwahati (Assam) [India], Feb 7 (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Guwahati ahead of his visit to Kokrajhar where he will address the public at an event, to celebrate the signing of the Bodo Agreement.
In the first visit of Prime Minister Modi in Guwahati ahead of Kokrajhar rally since the state has been witnessing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests large numbers of locals have gathered at the rally ground, in Bodo-dominated Kokrajhar town of Assam.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi welcomed Prime Minister Modi.
Modi stated in a tweet yesterday that the accord marks the start of "a new era of peace and progress".
The state government had signed a tripartite agreement with representatives of all factions of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in New Delhi and this is the first visit of PM in the prevailing situations.
Historically, the signing of the Bodo agreement led to the surrender of over 1,500 militants of the major insurgent group NDFB.
For the last 50 years the Bodo groups in the state have been demanding a separate state "Bodoland" and this movement consequently resulted in extensive violence across the state and loss of hundreds of lives over the years.