20 October, 2020

Let Those Doves Be

The ULFA has the Assam CM and governor fighting

Subhamoy Bhattacharya
Let Those Doves Be
Clearly, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and state governor Lt Gen Ajai Singh (retd) do not see eye to eye on how to deal with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). Even as the CM is fine-tuning his Congress party's slogan of 'peace and development' for the April assembly polls, Raj Bhawan is clear that the governor prefers a tougher approach.

Governor Singh shocked the media when he asked if it was worth discussing any issue with the ULFA. "There is no need for any negotiations with these people," he said. General Singh—who, as the GOC of the Army's northern Assam-based IV Corps, launched 'Operation Bajrang' against the ULFA in November 1990—said the ULFA should lay down arms and rejoin the mainstream. "What is there to negotiate with them...fear should be instilled in the rebels so that they cannot dictate terms." The governor's remarks came in the backdrop of grenade attacks by the ULFA before Republic Day.

The ULFA-appointed people's consultative group (PCG), an 11-member peace panel headed by Assamese writer Indira Goswami, was quick to take...


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