It’s Time for ULFA-I to Sign Peace Accord Post Bodoland Treaty, feel Guwahatians
After the success of the Bodoland accord, do you think it’s time for ULFA-I to sign a peace deal with the government?
The Bodoland peace accord was signed on January 27, post which reports were doing the rounds that the United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) or ULFA-I will likely sign a peace accord with the Centre in April.
G Plus conducted a poll asking netizens to cast their votes on whether they think the ULFA-I should sign a peace deal with the government. A total of 1,200 participants took part. Out of this, 73% said “Yes” while 27% said “No,” they do not think ULFA-I should sign the accord.
Majority of the people said that ULFA should sign the accord but with certain conditions like scrapping CAA, implementing NRC and giving land rights to the indigenous people.
“Yes, with the conditions that CAA to be scrapped, NRC to be implemented, 51 as cut-off year...land rights for the indigenous people etc...and many more,” said Zonak Mahant, a Guwahati resident.
Another user called it a “well framed gluttonous trap.” “This peace accord is nothing but a well framed gluttonous trap to exert them for gerrymandering,” said ShaHin Xaikia.
Few did not want ULFA-I to sign the accord and called it a “useless demand.” He said that autonomy “should be highest.”
Assam finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, in a press meet on January 28, appealed to the anti-talk faction of ULFA led by Paresh Baruah to come to the negotiating table and resolve the demands post the success of Bodo Accord 2020.
“The central government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has resolved the demands of the Bodos through the Bodo Peace Accord on Monday. And I have been told that if the ULFA faction shows interest in peace talks, it would be reciprocated by the Centre,” said Sharma.
He said that it is for the first time that the central government has managed to bring together all the stakeholders of Bodo society.
Appealing to the militant outfits in Manipur to come forward for the talks, Sharma said, “The other states of the northeast India like Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have become peaceful. If the militant outfits in Manipur and Assam come forward for talks, it will help in establishing lasting peace in the region."
Sharma further said that the Assam government has invited the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister to Kokrajhar on February 7 to celebrate the signing of Bodo Accord 2020.