GUWAHATI, Nov 19 – Stating that the Centre would take Assam into confidence before any move to create a Supra State of Nagaland, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today asserted that the Assam Government would oppose any arrangement that could undermine the State’s interests.
“There is no basis till now of the proposed Nagaland Supra State with councils in Naga-dominated areas in Assam, as some sort of discussions would have preceded any such move. But we will naturally oppose anything that stands to affect our interests, as we had done in the proposed NSCN (IM) ceasefire extension earlier,” Gogoi said at a press conference.
Voicing his opposition to Naga councils in other States in the event of a Supra State, Gogoi said that councils would only complicate things and lead to grave problems. He also said that the NSCN (IM) could have a hand behind the reported move.
On growing activities by the ULFA, the Chief Minister said that the outfit was regrouping and trying to foment trouble. “But we are prepared and cannot afford to be complacent… there are people backing it but we cannot prosecute them for lack of evidence,” he said.
On the ULFA’s Chinese links, he said that it had been there for a long time.