[Assam] Clamour for a political solution to the ULFA demands from the trader community in Assam is a positive development. Every one should look at the ULFA stand as the core issue. NOT to treat it as a problem but a solution.

Bartta Bistar barttabistar at googlemail.com
Tue May 29 04:09:39 PDT 2007

*Assam traders call for immediate talks with ULFA*


Guwahati, May. 28 (PTI): The Coordination Committee of different trade
associations in Assam today demanded the state government convene immediate
"unconditional" talks with the banned ULFA.

The association, which organised a protest today against the recent bomb
blast in the state, said the government should organised talks within a week
or it would intesify its stir.

"Everybody, including the ULFA wants talks, but by neglecting the issue the
government is letting the situation out of hand and paving the way for
violence," a member of the umbrella body of 30 trade associations, Vijay
Gupta, told PTI here.

"The Assam Government is helpless and the Centre is skirting the issue (of
talks) and hence the problem," Gupta said.

"If the government does not initiate the talks process immediately, we will
intensify the agitation and submit memoranda to the President, Prime
Minister and Union Home Minister", he said.

Normal life was crippled in response to the 24-hr Kamrup district bandh,
called to protest the killing of seven people in the blasts on Saturday, as
the committee members staged a sit-in at the Mahatma Gandhi road.

Members of the BJP, AGP, NCP, AASU and Purvatto Hindustani Sammelan joined
the protest and demanded stern action against those involved in the killing
of innocent people.

Meanwhile, the AASU today observed "Black Day" in Jorhat, the home district
of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, as part of state-wide protests.
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