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ULFA threatens Congress in Assam
October 03, 2006 12:54 IST
The United Liberation Front of Asom, for the first time in last 14 years, announced a direct "threat" to the Congress in Assam on Monday night, holding the party responsible for using them in elections and announced intensification of their fight.
"The Congress has to pay the price now," declared ULFA mouthpiece Freedom sending shockwaves among the Congressmen across the state even as the government and party were trying to calm down the situation.
Security agencies in Assam were already anticipating trouble from Tuesday as heavy movements were reported from all over Asom by ULFA cadres. Already one militant was killed by police at a check-post at Lakhimpur on Monday night, an official source said.
ULFA had never been so publicly angry towards the Congress since the regime of former chief minister Hiteswar Saikia (1990-1992), who took charge after a spell of President's rule when Operation Bajrang was launched .
"More excess from army in the state means more trouble for Congress and its party members. They used the ULFA to win the election with the drama of talk and resumed operations after escaping from the peace process," said Freedom, which was circulated Monday night.
The Congress, which had become invincible in the state after sweeping victories in both Assembly and Lok Sabha poll taking advantage of the complete disarray of both Asom Gana Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party, were shocked at the development and no one is ready to come out openly to even react to the ULFA threat.
"The party has taken it very seriously and despite assurance of adequate security, the party has realised that blood will flow in the coming days," said a general secretary requesting strict anonymity because of fear of an ULFA attack.
The ULFA in its mouthpiece gave more than one hint that the militant organisation was cleverly used by the Congress to win these elections neutralising the opposition.
"Now they are escaping from the peace process, blaming us for the failure of the talks. But if you look at the action of the ULFA between September 9, 2005, to September 23, 2006, ULFA has not only softened its stand but acted almost as per the wish of the people of Assam to give peace a real chance. It withdrew two of the three preconditions for negotiation. It first tried to start the peace process through media and then formed People's Consultative Group. But the government has remained insincere from the beginning," the ULFA statement said. The ULFA accused the government of trying to divide the PCG.
"Towards the end, the PCG was not taken seriously and in fact two of the intermediaries were directly called and more conditions were imposed despite the fact that three rounds of talks took place with PCG. These are all part of Congress' game plan. Now they are to pay the price for all these," the statement continued.
Denouncing any political talk, ULFA for the first time categorically said they were going to intensify their "battle" against the Indian state and Congress in particular, signalling the coming days would be more troublesome for Assam and its people.