Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has appealed the ULFA-I to not call for a customary bandh on Republic Day (January 26). 

“I appeal ULFA-I not to call a bandh on Republic Day. They didn’t call a bandh on Independence Day (August 15) and I urge them not to do so on Republic Day also,” Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said. 

CM Sarma said that there has been a lot of “positive development” in regards to proposed peace parley with the outfit. 

Meanwhile, reacting to pro-talks ULFA expressing doubts over ‘sincerity’ of the Centre towards the peace talks with it, the Assam chief minister urged the Centre to finish talks with the group. 

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“I urge the Centre to complete talks with the pro-talks ULFA. Negotiations with both the groups can go simultaneously,” said Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma. 

Earlier, Sarma had said that the Paresh Baruah-led ULFA-Independent has shown keen interest in peace talks.  

“Sovereignty demand of the ULFA-I is the only stumbling block in the peace talks between the government and the ULFA-I,” Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma had said.  

He added: “I dare to say that it is the beginning of the end. We are hopeful of a peaceful settlement with the ULFA-I.” 

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