Debabrata Saikia blames centre, state over rise in youths joining ULFA (I)

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Congress leader Debabrata Saikia Saturday blamed the BJP-led governments at the state and the Centre for ignoring the sentiments of the Assamese people which has allegedly led to the rise in youths joining the banned ULFA (I).

Even senior police officers of the state have admitted that there is fresh induction of youths in the ultra outfit, the Leader of Opposition in Assam Assembly told reporters here.

Senior leaders of state BJP, including Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and union minister Rajen Gohain were aggravating the situation by making “injudicious remarks”, he alleged further.

“Youths in Assam are frustrated and are joining ULFA(I) as the BJP-led governments at the state and the Centre are ignoring the sentiments of the Assamese people and pushing ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,” he said.

“Sarma is not only denying the reality of the ULFA(I) getting a boost due to BJP’s anti-Assam policies, but is also provoking the outfit by labelling it a dynastic entity,” the Congress leader said.

Earlier this week, Sarma had sought to underplay ULFA(I) ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah’s nephew Munna Baruah joining the proscribed outfit saying that there was nothing new in 150-200 youngsters from the state joining it every year.

He had also taken a swipe at the Congress, saying just like the political party, the aging Paresh Baruah too chose his own blood as his heir to take forward his mission.

Saikia said the two BJP leaders were at the same time defending the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill “by even going to the extent of dismissing the relevance of the Assam Accord”.

This action seem to be a “deliberate attempt” to instigate Assam’s youths, who are already frustrated due to lack of employment and development works, to take up arms against the state, he said.

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