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The NDA led centre which was furious with the Congress led Assam state Government has now a lot more answering to do .
The Centre which was furious after Assam government offered safe passage to Paresh Baruah, leader of the anti-talks faction of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), to visit his ailing mother in Dibrugarh,will now have to also answer why so called self appointed emissaries which have close NDA links are also initiating similar talks without proper Home ministry clearance.
In a sharp reaction to what Kirran Rijiju had stated the Northeast Congress Co-ordination Committee spokesperson Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbbarma stated that the offer made to Barua was with an eye to get him back to mainstream ,but what can the Home Ministry say when they are silent on talks between Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Paresh Barua.
'If the legitimate state government speaks to Paresh Barua then it is considered against national interest but when a Godman who is considered close to NDA speaks to the same person then he is considered a messenger of peace' the spokesperson of the NECC added .
It maybe mentioned that last month Sri Sri Ravishankar had indicated in a tweet that he was in talks with Paresh Barua to come overground.The Home ministry officials had denied any knowledge of such talks at that time .
It maybe mentioned that the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had reacted to the media and stated that t Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi should not undermine national interest by making such an offer. "The CM may have made the offer on humanitarian grounds, but it should not affect the government's stand against the activities of Paresh Baruah. He [Mr. Gogoi] is publicly offering support to a terrorist," Mr. Rijiju said.
Mr. Gogoi had earlier said that "If Paresh Baruah desires to see his ailing mother in his native place, the State government will consider it on humanitarian grounds."
Baruah, who is wanted in a number of cases, is said to be shuttling between Taga in Myanmar and Yunnan province in west China. On India's request, the Interpol has issued a red corner notice against him.
ULFA have been involved in seven incidents of crime in Assam which has killed five civilians while the outfit lost one of its cadres and 22 have been arrested.
Baruah's mother, Miliki Baruah, has been suffering from age-related ailments and lives in Dibrugarh district of Assam with her two other sons.