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No ULFA bandh call from April 6 to 15

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, April 5 � The banned ULFA has decided not to go ahead with its earlier plan of calling bandhs during the visits of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Central leaders for campaigning in Assam, reports PTI.

The Paresh Barua faction said it will not call any bandh from April 6 to 15 in view of the upcoming Rongali Bihu celebrations in the state.

�We have decided not to go ahead with our earlier plan of calling bandhs during the visit of the head of the government and other senior central leaders to the state in the interest of the indigenous people during the forthcoming Rongali Bihu festival,� the faction�s �publicity in-charge� Arunodoy Dohotiya said in an e-mail today.

The interest of the Assamese people �are our topmost priority and on the request from different sections of the society we have decided to suspend our bandh programmes temporarily�, the statement said.

The group would, however, continue to oppose the visit of central leaders, including Singh, to the state.

ULFA had called a bandh on April two protesting against the prime minister�s visit to address two poll rallies during the first phase but it failed to evoke any response with people coming out in large numbers to attend the rallies.

Singh is scheduled to visit Barpeta and Mangaldai assembly constituencies in Lower Assam on April 8.

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