NEW DELHI, March 1 (IANS) - Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday said peace talks with the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) here last month were very significant.
Addressing the media here after releasing his ministry's progress card for February, Chidambaram said: "The ULFA leaders had met me on February 10. They met the Prime Minister on February 14. The talks were very significant."
He said talks were going on with nine insurgent groups in the North East. "We hope to reach agreement with some of them this year," he said.
Regarding the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Chidambaram said if any judicial team from Pakistan visits India the evidence related to the case will be shown to them.
The Home Minister said 100 companies of paramilitary forces have been despatched to West Bengal to provide security for the ensuing Assembly polls.
Asked about the law-and-order situation in West Bengal, Chidambaram said: "The law-and-order situation is unsatisfactory. But then, law and order is a state subject."
The minister denied allegations by Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan that he and his wife had appeared for the "lottery mafia" in the courts.
"I hope you don't believe that rubbish," he said.