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Involve all ULFA leaders in talks: AGP

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 30 � Instead of trying to create a division in the ranks of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the Government should try to bring all the leaders of the outfit for talks for a permanent solution of the problems, said Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

Mahanta expressed the view that the Government should not try to initiate the process of talks with only a handful of leaders of the ULFA keeping the ensuing Assembly elections in mind as talking with only one faction of the ULFA would not bring permanent solution of the problems. He said that efforts should be made to establish contact with the ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah so that he can be brought to the negotiation table, while the Government of India should make efforts to bring ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia from Bangladesh so that he can also be involved in the process of talks.

Commenting on the demand for release of the top leaders of the ULFA to facilitate talks, Mahanta expressed the view that instead of releasing only three or four leaders, if the Government is interested for talks, all leaders should be released. He pointed out that the change of Government in Bangladesh resulted in the change of scenario, with the ULFA facing tremendous pressure in the neighbouring country. The Government should take advantage of the situation to start the process of talks. He demanded that the Government should also expedite the process of talks with the militant groups which already signed cease-fire pacts.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader strongly criticized the State Government for its failure to control the prices of essential commodities. He said that by strengthening the public distribution system (PDS), the Government could have arrested the rise of prices of essential commodities. He alleged that the Government of India has also reduced allocation of PDS items, while the fair price shop owners are not being able to lift their allotted quota in different parts of the State because of corruption.

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Involve all ULFA leaders in talks: AGP

GUWAHATI, Sept 30 � Instead of trying to create a division in the ranks of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the Government should try to bring all the leaders of the outfit for talks for a permanent solution of the problems, said Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

Mahanta expressed the view that the Government should not try to initiate the process of talks with only a handful of leaders of the ULFA keeping the ensuing Assembly elections in mind as talking with only one faction of the ULFA would not bring permanent solution of the problems. He said that efforts should be made to establish contact with the ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah so that he can be brought to the negotiation table, while the Government of India should make efforts to bring ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia from Bangladesh so that he can also be involved in the process of talks.

Commenting on the demand for release of the top leaders of the ULFA to facilitate talks, Mahanta expressed the view that instead of releasing only three or four leaders, if the Government is interested for talks, all leaders should be released. He pointed out that the change of Government in Bangladesh resulted in the change of scenario, with the ULFA facing tremendous pressure in the neighbouring country. The Government should take advantage of the situation to start the process of talks. He demanded that the Government should also expedite the process of talks with the militant groups which already signed cease-fire pacts.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader strongly criticized the State Government for its failure to control the prices of essential commodities. He said that by strengthening the public distribution system (PDS), the Government could have arrested the rise of prices of essential commodities. He alleged that the Government of India has also reduced allocation of PDS items, while the fair price shop owners are not being able to lift their allotted quota in different parts of the State because of corruption.