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ULFA bandh: Life hit, PM poll campaign unaffected

Normal life was partially hit in Assam following a 12-hour `Assam bandh` called by the ULFA Paresh Baruah faction, though it failed to affect Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s poll campaign in the state.



Guwahati: Normal life was partially hit in
Assam on Saturday following a 12-hour `Assam bandh` called by the
ULFA Paresh Baruah faction, though it failed to affect Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s poll campaign in the state.

The Prime Minister addressed two mammoth poll rallies at
Dhakuakhana and Juria, where the bandh failed to keep back the
public from attending the hosting even though the ULFA gave
the bandh call to protest Singh`s visit to the state,
officials said.

People, including children, in both the places came out
in large numbers.

Assembly poll campaign meetings were held in different
parts of the state with large attendance of people, they said.

Normal life was hit in some parts of the Brahmaputra
valley where private long-distance buses kept off the roads
and markets remained closed to avoid any untoward incident,
however, the bandh failed to affect life in the Barak valley
and the two hill districts of the state.

Air and train services operated as usual, while the
scheduled examinations of universities and colleges were held
as per schedule, they said.

In the capital city Guwahati shops and markets remained
closed in the morning hours but reopened gradually as the day
progressed during the bandh period, they said, adding private
vehicles, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws were plying as
usual though private city bus service was thin.

Meanwhile, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa-led faction
appealed the people to defy today`s bandh as any shutdown
called by the group has to have the approval of its chairman
and more than two-third central leaders.

A statement of the Rajkhowa faction appealed the people
"to boycott the bandh call issued by someone who does not have
any existence in the organisation. The people should show
their stand against aimless killing and violence".

The bandh was called to protest the Prime Minister`s
visit as he had allegedly "failed to keep his written promise
to discuss all the core issues for political solution of the
Assam-India conflict".

PTI

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