GUWAHATI, Sept 27 � The commander in chief of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Paresh Barua today admitted that there are differences of opinion among the members of the outfit on the issue of talks with the Government. Meanwhile, the Central Government�s interlocutor for talks with the militant groups of Assam, PC Haldar met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his residence to discuss various issues relating to the talks with the militants.
Amidst reports of division in the ranks of the ULFA on the issue of talks, Paresh Barua today sent an email to the media claiming that there is no division in the outfit. He said that there are differences of opinion on the way the outfit should come for talks with the Government and hoped that such differences would be settled soon.
Barua alleged that the Government of India was trying to create division in the ranks of the ULFA. The Government of India has been making such efforts since 1991 and the efforts are still continuing. Having difference of opinion is nothing unusual but such differences can be settled through timely action by the chairman of the ULFA and other members of the outfit, he added.
The ULFA C-in-C said that the people of Assam did not want a division in the ULFA and called upon all members of the outfit to thwart all such attempts by the Government. He said that no member of the ULFA is against respectable and meaningful talks with the Government of India but at the same time, no one should give up the ideology of the outfit to come for talks. He said that if the ULFA accepts the pre-conditions put forward by the Government of India, respectable dialogue would not be possible for permanent solution of the problems. No one should also forget the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs, he added.
On the issue of more than 20 ULFA members returning to Assam from Bangladesh, Barua said that those ULFA members came back at the behest of the Assam Police. He said he has definite proof of the same.
Barua admitted that the preset condition of the ULFA pained him, but at the same time, he said he did not lose heart. He ridiculed the statements made by the Government authorities that he has been isolated but, he said that he would not engage in a war of words with anyone.