ULFA factions lock horns on ceasefire declaration

Pro-talk ULFA faction objected to the hardline unit criticising its ceasefire announcement.

Guwahati: Fresh cracks within the ULFA
ranks on Thursday came to the fore with the pro-talk faction
objecting to the hardline unit criticising its ceasefire

The anti-talk faction led by Paresh Baruah has no
locus standi to declare that the ceasefire announced by the
pro-dialogue group headed by Arabinda Rajkhowa was against its
constitution, ULFA dove Mithinga Daimary said.

The `chairman` (Rajkhowa) alone had the right to
declare any decision taken by the ULFA`s general council and
the armed wing did not have the authority to take any decision
in this regard, the former `publicity secretary` of the group
said in a statement.

He said the decision to declare the ceasefire was
taken at ULFA`s fifth general council meeting where two-third
members, including those from its armed wing, were present.

"The general council decided to go ahead with a
political negotiated settlement of Assam`s problems and vested
the chairman with the authority to declare the ceasefire as it
would pave the way for talks," he said.

"The decision to declare ceasefire is hundred per cent
valid and if any individual does not agree, it does not become
invalid," Daimary stressed.

Barua had yesterday rejected the unilateral ceasefire
declared by the Rajkhowa faction alleging it was against the
ULFA`s constitution.


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