SONARI, Jan 9 � ULFA is now not in favour of solving problems of Assam through militancy. �Militancy was not able to solve any problem in last 30 years. We want to solve the ethnic problems of Assam, so that a true democratic atmosphere will prevail where every one will be free to speak up for the safety and security of Assamese people,� said ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, alias Rajib Rajkonwar, while interacting with local mediapersons at his Lakwa residence this afternoon.
Rajkhowa said no one was above the people of Assam. �We are not going to compromise on anything secretly. We have no desire for power, nor do we have anything to do with election. We want to solve the problems of Assam through dialogue with dignity,� said Rajkhowa.
He said that extradition of Anup Chetia, general secretary of ULFA for holding general council meeting was not a condition, but the Government of India was requested to bring Chetia for the same.
Reacting to a question whether ULFA gave up the demand for an independent Assam, Rajkhowa said, �We want dialogue without any pre-condition. We are not saying anything regarding giving up the demand. The general council will decide in this respect.�
Rajkhowa said he and his compatriots were ready to face any action for Dhemaji blast or any other such unwarranted incident, but at the same time the government must punish the culprits of secret killings of Uma Gogoi�s family and Mithinga Daimari�s family and many others.
He said he would not want to see another Dhemaji and hence he and his organisation wanted a dignified solution to the problems of Assam. Blaming the government for not responding to ULFA�s willingness for dialogue with Indian government in the year 2005, he said now all the people should come forward to solve the problems.