“AFSPA to continue in Assam for now”: CM Sarma

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The CM, however, said that no state government wanted to continue with AFSPA if the law and order situation is peaceful and conducive
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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

“AFSPA to continue in Assam for now”: CM Sarma

Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 will continue in Assam for now and the state will review it if the law-and-order situation remains peaceful.

He said that withdrawing of AFSPA has to be done with thorough consultation with the Centre. Sarma’s statement came at a time when Nagaland Assembly on Monday unanimously took a resolution to press the Centre to repeal AFSPA from the northeastern states especially Nagaland.

Sarma said, “Arunachal Pradesh has withdrawn AFSPA from several parts of the state recently after consultation with the Ministry of Home affairs. If peaceful situation continues in the state then Assam government will also approach the Centre to take a call on whether we need AFSPA in entire Assam or just in some places.”

The CM, however, said that no state government wanted to continue with AFSPA if the law and order situation is peaceful and conducive.

The Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Monday unanimously resolved to demand that the Centre repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 from the northeast, and specifically from Nagaland so as to strengthen the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful political settlement to the Naga political issue.

The resolution was taken following the killing of at least 14 people by armed forces earlier this month in Mon district.

“The Naga people have been crying for peace and an early solution for the long pending Naga Political issue. It is of paramount importance that the people’s voice is heard and respected. The House, therefore, once again appeals to the negotiating parties of the lndo-Naga political dialogue to bring the talks to its logical conclusion by reaching a settlement that is honourable and inclusive at the earliest.

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