No place for violence: PM
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday appealed to ULFA militants to give up arms and participate in the peace initiative even as he made it clear that violence would not be tolerated.
"We will not allow anybody to indulge in violence in our country and urge all militant outfits in the region to give up arms immediately," Vajpayee said at a mammoth election rally at Maligaon here to kick-start the BJP's election campaign in the state.
Some youths have taken to arms for bringing about a change but they will not be able to bring out any sustainable change. "If at all any change comes, it will be temporary as they have chosen the wrong path," he said.
"Therefore, I appeal to ULFA to give up arms immediately as you will not be successful in your mission. We will not allow any violence anywhere," the Prime Minister said.
Vajpayee pointed out that the NDA government had prepared a package for the tea industry in Assam but there were reports of large scale extortions by militants in the tea belt areas. "This is not good and this has to stop," he said.
Referring to peace initiatives in the Northeast, the Prime Minister said in Nagaland the peace process was on and an understanding has been reached with the Bodo Liberation Tigers in Assam which has been subsequently disbanded with the creation of the Bodoland Territorial Council.