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1 yr of Himanta Biswa Sarma Govt: Charting new path to peace

CM Sarma brought all Bodo factions together to enter a historic peace accord with the Centre.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s mission and vision of making Assam one of the top 5 states in the country in the next 5 years were made clear from day 1.

In this one year of CM Sarma assuming office, there have been many firsts in Assam including the historic peace accords with several militant outfits in the state.

As the key minister and political negotiator, during the first term of the BJP government, Sarma brought all Bodo factions together to enter a historic peace accord with the Centre in January 2020.

The process picked pace further with other ethnic groups to ensure “permanent peace” after he took charge as CM. The latest in line is the Karbi Peace Accord.

However, CM Sarma’s biggest achievement post taking charge is the opening of lines of communication with the Paresh Baruah-led ULFA-Independent which has long avoided the negotiation path.

While the ULFA-Independent is yet to give any assurance on when it may actually start the official negotiations, the outfit’s commander in chief Paresh Baruah has openly lauded CM Sarma’s initiative which he said has raised big hopes.

Not only this, in what is being seen as a reciprocation of the CM’s move the ULFA-Independent for the first time decided not to boycott the Independence Day and Republic day celebrations.

While convincing the ULFA-Independent to give up its demand for sovereignty may not be easy, Sarma’s efforts have definitely set the ball rolling for a solution with unofficial lines of communication open with the outfit.

First Published: 10th May, 2022 13:18 IST

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