PM confident of resolving ULFA issue

PM Manmohan Singh said the prospect of resolving the ULFA issue looks bright after his "positive" talks with the outfit`s leaders.

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2011, 13:22 PM IST

Dhakuakhana (Assam): Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the prospect of resolving the ULFA
issue looks bright after his "positive" talks with the
outfit`s leaders.

"I was happy to meet the ULFA leaders and the talks
with them were positive. The future of resolving the issue
looks bright," Singh told an election meeting in Assam`s
Lakhimpur district.
"ULFA ke saath batcheet achi rahi aur bhavishya ke
liye acchi lag rahi hai, pichli samasya ko suljhaya ja sakta
hai
," the Prime minister told the rally as people came out in
droves ignoring the 12-hour Assam bandh called by the Paresh
Barua led ULFA anti-talk faction to protest the PM`s visit.

"I believe there is enough flexibility in the Indian
Constitution to fulfil the aspirations of different sections
of the people and do justice to them," he said.
Stating that the Congress government was ready to talk
to all prepared to leave the path of violence and negotiate,
he congratulated the people for thwarting the attempt of
forces attempting to destroy peace and harmony in the state.

"Development is possible only when peace prevails and
both the central and state government have taken several
measures to bring peace and development to the state."

The Centre and the state government also believed in
fulfilling the aspirations of the indigenous people through
territorial and hill councils.

The Prime Minister also announced a Rs 250 crore
development package for the Bodoland Territorial Council.

"We want to help these councils by giving them the
necessary power so that they can fulfil their duties towards
their community in a responsible manner," Singh said

PTI