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'ULFA should participate in democratic process'

February 02, 2006 17:54 IST
Last Updated: February 02, 2006 23:50 IST

The United Liberated Front of Assam shouldabandon its confrontonist stand and follow the exampleof the Bodo Liberation Tigers, who gave up arms and participated in elections, Tarun Gogoi, Assam chief minister saidon Thursday.

Gogoi told the Assembly thatULFA should take charge of the state through a peaceful democratic process and not through insurgency or by demanding sovereignity and independence.

It was in the hands of the ULFA to bring peace and development to the state by abjuring violence, giving up its confrontationist stand and, instead, taking part in the democratic process as the BLT did, he said.

When the BLT realised that violence was not beneficial and decided to take up the reins of local administration, there was peace and development in Assam's Bodoland, Gogoi pointed out.

Hoping that the ULFA-nominated People's Consultative Groupwould help in facilitating direct talks between themand the Centre, he said an early ceasefire was awaited.

Stating therewas initial apprehension about the peace talks, the chief minister took credit for insisting on the initiative taken by Indira Roisam Goswami, thetalks facilitator. He also claimed credit for the progress on the talks due to the importance and emphasis laid on it by his government.

It was for the first time that a prime ministerparticipated directlyin the first round of talks with an insurgentgroup, Gogoi said.

Gogoiaccused theprevious Asom Ghana Parishad government of taking a confrontationist line with the ULFA and other militant outfits, unlike his government, which was for peace initiatives leading to most of the underground groups either surrendering oragreeing toa ceasefire.

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