Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said that the first round of formal talks between the government and the Ulfa is expected in December. The chief minister revealed that the Centre had given Assam government a go-ahead for the talks.
"The peace talk process is on right track. We are trying to remove some obstacles for the talk", said Gogoi.
Gogoi said that modalities for the talk would be prepared with consent from both sides. On Ulfa Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa's recent comment that talks were not possible with leaders of the outfit in jail, Gogoi said, "Whatever is possible, we will accommodate them".
Gogoi added that the Centre's interlocutor PC Haldar informed him that there were enough positive signs from the Ulfa camp regarding talks with the government. Haldar, former chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) had met Ulfa leaders including chairman of the outfit at Guwahati Central Jail.
As a gesture of government's willingness to hold formal talks with Ulfa, the former did not oppose bail plea of the jailed Ulfa leaders. Several top Ulfa leaders, including its vice chairman Pradip Gogoi and Mithinga Daimary were released on bail by the court. Ulfa ideologue Bhim Kanta and cultural secretary Pranati Deka were also granted bail and they would be released from jail next week.
The chief minister claimed that it was his government's biggest success to curb insurgency movement in the state and his government's two-pronged strategy aimed for constant security offensive on militant outfits and initiating development projects such that these create conducive atmosphere in the state for economic growth.