ULFA remains threat to Assam election despite restart of talks
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 11:01
Guwahati: The shadow of ULFA hangs on the coming Assembly polls in Assam as it has always on all previous elections, both parliamentary and assembly, during the three decades of its existence.

Though a major faction of ULFA, led by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, has stated it has nothing to do with the poll, the banned organisation still remains a threat as the anti-talk faction of Paresh Baruah is openly opposed to the holding of elections.

The anti-talk faction issued a threat to Congress members and grassroot workers and followed it up with an IED attack on Assam Pradesh Congress headquarters here, giving rise to claims that the faction was hand in glove with opposition parties - Asom Gana Parishad and BJP.

According to intelligence sources, the faction may carry out attacks in the run-up to polls to prove a point and assert its existence.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi alleged that the threat coupled with the silence of opposition parties over it clearly indicates there exists a 'unholy' link between the parties and a section of ULFA.

"The ULFA has adopted a partisan attitude as it is issuing threats to the Congress alone and not to the BJP and AGP," he pointed out.

The Paresh Baruah-led faction has warned it will resort to an 'armed struggle' against the alleged arrogant policies of the Congress and has called upon people to stay away from meetings organised by ministers, legislators and other party leaders.


First Published: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 11:01

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