'Rajkhowa & Co. are disposable glass'
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 4: Terming ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa and Co. as disposable glass, APW president Abhijit Sarma today said that peace talks between ULFA leaders minus Paresh Baruah and the government would bear no fruits.
Addressing the press at Dispur Press Club here today, Sarma said: “This set of ULFA leaders who came to Assam in 2008 were used by the Congress, and now they are being used by the BJP that is out to take the credit for peace talks. These ULFA leaders are no better than disposable glass. This apart, how come the talks be fruitful without Paresh Baruah?”
Questioning the very stand of the ULFA leaders, Sarma said: “In what avatar will you go for talks – as ULFA leaders seeking independence of Assam, as pro-talk ULFA leaders, ULFA in the form of SULFA, contractor ULFA or the ones who get huge allowances from the government? Each of the member of Rajkhowa and Co. gets Rs 80,000 to Rs 1.50 lakh allowance from the government. On the contrary each of those who has been languishing in the desigted camps gets Rs 3,000 a month. Such cadres shouldn’t obey their leaders who get huge amounts from the government.”
The APW leader said: “Anup Chetia shouldn’t be freed on parole. He did set a wrong precedent by fleeing while on parole. If he flees again, who will be responsible for that? In fact, Centre’s interlocutor PC Haldar shouldn’t be allowed to meet the ULFA leaders. They are freed on parole after following the path shown to them by Haldar. Rajkhowa and his colleagues should be sent back to bring Paresh Baruah to sit across the table if they are really interested to make the talks meaningful.”
On the would-be charter of demands of the ULFA leaders ready for talks, Sarma said: “What’ll be your charter of demands? What else are you going to give Assam where the NRC update work and the process of ST status to the six ethnic communities are underway? It’s for the activities of the ULFA, we’ve to hang our heads in shame. Whenever a student goes outside the State for higher study, he/she has to confront a question – are you an ULFA cadre? Many investors had to desert the state for the ULFA and the local businessmen had to give up doing business because of the ULFA that made many woman widows and many parents childless.”