Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was hundred per cent correct when he remarked, as reportedly revealed by WikiLeaks, that the leaders of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) were insurgents who were allowed to form government to discredit insurgency.
Mr. Gogoi alleged that the leaders of the AGP and the insurgent United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were cousins.
Mr. Gogoi’s comment came while reacting to burning of effigies of Mr. Gandhi by AGP workers to protest against the reported remark made by him against the regional party. The AGP also warned of legal action against Mr. Gandhi if he failed to substantiate the remarks.
The AGP was formed in 1985 by leaders of the six-year-long anti-foreigners movement launched by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in 1979 at the culmination of the movement and signing of the Assam Accord. The regional party ruled the State for two terms. The ULFA was formed on April 7, 1979.
“Whatever Mr. Rahul Gandhi said is 100 per cent correct. The AGP and the insurgents were cousins. There is no justification in AGP burning effigies of Mr. Rahul Gandhi,” the Chief Minister told a press conference here.
Mr. Gogoi said that it had been Congress policy to bring insurgents into the mainstream and the Congress government was successful in doing so in the case of leaders of the Assam movement having links with ULFA and convince them to take part in the democratic process.
The Chief Minister claimed that though in the initial years of the anti-foreigners movement, the movement leaders had no links with the insurgents. From around 1983 they had established links with each other and that was why the Congress leaders and workers were targeted and killed during the latter part of the Assam movement.
When asked whether he had any evidence to prove the AGP-ULFA nexus, Mr. Gogoi said that people of Assam knew about such a nexus.
He says the AGP and ULFA insurgents are cousins