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ULFA remains threat to Assam election despite restart of talks

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


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

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