In a first in over 40 years, the ULFA-I has decided not to boycott or call for any bandh on Independence Day.
The outfit, however, raised objection to the celebration of Independence Day in Assam, saying that the state was “never a part of colonial India”.
ULFA-I cited the second article of the Treaty of Yandaboo, which was signed on February 24, 1826, between the East India Company and Burma.
ULFA-I said that according to the second article of the treaty, Burma and East India Company had accepted the sovereignty of Assam and was not transferred to British India.
ULFA-I stated that it is ready for discussion on Assam’s sovereignty, by putting forth “historical facts” and in line with the objective of the outfit.
The ULFA-I further demanded the Government of India to bring in a constitutional amendment, which will pave way for discussions.
“The Constitution has been amended many times by India. So, why can’t India amend it again and have discussions with us?” ULFA-I said.