Guwahati: Hitting at militant outfit’s ‘boycott’ call to the celebration of Independence Day, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that the enthusiasm exhibited by the people of the state was a fitting answer to the outfit’s call.
After a gap of one year, Paresh Baruah led ULFA (Independent) outfit has recently called for a daylong strike on Independence Day and asked people not to celebrate it.
Sarma while addressing the gathering at the I-Day celebration, said, “The exuberant celebrations of the past few days have shown secessionist groups that people consider Assam to be an integral and inalienable part of Bharat since time immemorial.”
He added that those who have dreamt of an independent Assam must check reality and come to negotiation.
“The people of Assam have established that the sovereignty of India is not negotiable. I urge the secessionist groups to come for discussions and aid in Assam’s development journey,” he added.
ULFA (I) s boycott call was in contrast to last year’s message, when the outfit had broken away from tradition and said it would not call for any armed protest on August 15.
Since its inception in 1979, the ULFA (I) has made a customary call for a bandh on Republic Day (January 26) and Independence Day (August 15) every year in line with its demand of creating a “sovereign Assam”.