ULFA not interested in politics: Sashadhar

The proscribed ULFA on Tuesday ruled out joining politics and instead said it wanted to work for the state and find a solution to the decades-long conflict.

Nalbari (Assam): The proscribed ULFA
on Tuesday ruled out joining politics and instead said it wanted to
work for the state and find a solution to the decades-long
conflict.

"ULFA has neither any ambitions for Dispur (seat of
the state government) nor is interested in parliamentary
politics. We want to work for the state and find a solution to
the clashes between Assam and India," ULFA `foreign secretary`
Sashadhar Choudhury, who was released from jail today, told a
public rally here.
He apologised for `all kinds of mistakes` committed by
ULFA during its 30-year-long (arms) struggle.

"It is not possible to solve the problems in Assam
under the existing provisions of the Constitution and so it
needs to be amended," he said.

Choudhury claimed that ULFA during its movement had
succeeded in projecting before the international community the
alleged discrimination of the Centre towards Assam in respect
of development.

"The second achievement of ULFA was uniting all the
communities of the state on one platform," Choudhury said.

He accused a section of the people of turning the
group into a business for their income and said they did not
want a political solution to the ULFA problem.
The rally was attended by ULFA `deputy commander-in-
chief` Raju Baruah and `publicity secretary` Mithinga Daimary.
Both were released on bail recently along with the group`s
`chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa and others with the government
not objecting to their bail petitions to facilitate peace
talks process.

Choudhury was arrested in Bangladesh in December 2009
and handed over to Indian authorities. Since then he was
interned at the Gauhati Central Jail, from where he was
released during the day after being granted bail by a special
TADA court yesterday.

PTI

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