Assam: Gogoi for talks process to go on

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday stressed on the need for the negotiation process with militant groups, including ULFA.

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2012, 18:50 PM IST

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
on Tuesday stressed on the need for the negotiation process with
militant groups, including ULFA, to go forward even at the
expense of its anti-talk faction leader Paresh Barua not being
present.

"We have invited all groups for talks and also Paresh
Barua but the government cannot wait for eternity. The talks
process should be carried forward", Gogoi said in the assembly
during his reply to the motion of thanks to the governor`s
address.

"Talks have been started with both the groups of NDFB
and other smaller ultra groups and we are keen that the
anti-talk faction of the ULFA should also join the process",
he said.

"Despite the presence of so many ultra groups, it is
amazing that the development process in the state is not
affected for which I thank the common people especially those
staying in rural areas", the chief minister said.

Expressing concern at the presence of D (doubtful)
voters, Gogoi said it was not the creation of the government
and wanted the election commission to look into the matter.

The chief minister during his reply gave a list of
achievements of his government in the last ten years.

PTI