R Dutta choudhury
GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – No country can forcefully dominate an area forever and the struggle of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) will continue till the goal is achieved, asserted the commander-in-chief of the hardline faction of the militant outfit, Paresh Baruah. He also said that the recent surrenders of a few hardcore members would not affect the outfit.Talking to The Assam Tribune over phone, Baruah said, “We are hopeful that one day the global political scene will turn in our favour. If you look at history, no country could dominate any area against the wishes of the people and even the British had to leave India. Over the years, new countries were born out of changes in the global political scene and some day such a scene will come in our favour,” he said.
Unfazed by the recent surrenders of a few senior members of the ULFA including the recent surrender of deputy commander-in-chief Bijoy Chinese, Baruah asserted that such surrenders would not affect the outfit. He claimed that Bijoy came out because of family issues as he did not come out with weapons or money. “The surrender of Bijoy will not affect the organisation. There is possibility that the person who replaces Bijoy may turn out to be a better candidate. For example, I do not ignore the contributions of Arabinda Rajkhowa as the chairman of the ULFA. But Dr Abhijit Asom, the person who replaced him, has better knowledge about the global political scene,” he said.
On the surrender of Rahendra Moran, who reportedly came out of the outfit after collecting substantial amounts of money, Baruah said that Moran was not a senior member of the ULFA as he had joined only in 2011. The Finance Department of the ULFA had given Moran the responsibility of collecting funds in one area and only after two to three months the outfit would be able to ascertain how much money he had collected before leaving the organisation, he said.
Replying to a question on his stand on the issue of talks with the Government of India, Baruah said that he was not against fruitful talks on the issue of sovereignty of Assam. Since 1991-92, there have been several attempts to start the process of talks with the Government to find political solution to the Assam-India conflicts, but on every occasion, the sincerity of the Government of India was lacking. He said that the ULFA was formed to fight for sovereignty of Assam and there is no point talking with the Government without discussing the issue of sovereignty.