Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he had requested permission from Union Home Secretary Amit Shah to speak directly to Barua if the need arose.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi
POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 2:01 PM IST
Assam’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his government has maintained some communication with rebel group leader Paresh Baruah since taking over the administration. He further said he had sought permission from the Union’s Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah to speak directly to Baruah if the need arose. Sarma said Shah asked to make sure the dialogue takes place in a structured way.
The chief minister said everything was at a preliminary stage and it would be a long wait, urging everyone not to draw any immediate conclusions on the latest developments.
“For now, I have only taken permission to speak to him (Baruah) by phone or through other media so that we can give the peace process a boost. But these are very preliminary things. No conclusions should be drawn and it will be a long affair, ”Sarma said, quoted by the news agency. ANI.
The CM held a meeting with the Home Secretary in New Delhi on Sunday, after which he said he was partly involved in the ongoing peace process with the NSCN-IM, but that he was not officially holding any negotiations with the Naga rebel group.
As chairman of NEDA, I have sometimes spoken to certain political parties (in Nagaland) in the past, ”he said. Sarma is the chairman of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the northeastern version of the NDA where the main parties in the region are constituents.
Regarding talks with ULFA, Sarma said that if things go in the right direction, the central government could get involved in peace talks with the team at a later stage.
Sarma took office as Chief Minister of Assam on May 10, replacing Sarbananda Sonowal, who was later in charge of the Center and will likely soon become a member of the Rajya Sabha.