Amid the raging debate over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, pro-talks ULFA leaders Jiten Dutta and Prabal Neog Friday claimed they will not hesitate to walk out of ceasefire and take up arms once again to save the existence of Assam and indigenous people of the State.
The pro-talks ULFA leaders said people of Assam will not tolerate if the Centre and the State governments went ahead with the citizenship bill.
Incidentally, the two pro-talk ULFA leaders said this after Jiten Dutta was summoned by Digboi Police after sedition charges were slapped on him in connection with his statement over the citizenship bill when he said there would be no point for them to sit for talks with the government if the bill is passed.
“There would be no point for the pro-talks ULFA faction to sit for peace talks with the government if the bill is passed. Our main aim in agreeing to come to the talks table was to ensure steps are taken to safeguard the rights of the Assamese people,” Dutta had earlier said at a rally following which a suo motto case was registered by Digboi Police.
The pro-talks ULFA leaders added that a situation similar to one witnessed in the 80s and 90s would return if the citizenship bill is enacted into an act.
Meanwhile, Anup Chetia and Arabinda Rajkhowa also opposed the bill and warned legislating it could be detrimental to discussions with the central government.
“The situation will deteriorate if the governments go ahead with the citizenship bill. Holding talks with the government will have no meaning if the bill is passed,” Anup Chetia said.