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Sonia confident of more outfits joining peace process

Guwahati: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today expressed confidence that insurgent outfits who have not come forward for talks so far will realise the futility of violence and join the peace process.

“I am happy to note that UPA and Congress led-Assam government`s efforts to end insurgency through dialogue have been positive as most insurgent outfits have announced their decision to abjure violence,“ Gandhi said at the official celebration of Congress government`s completion of first year of its third consecutive term in the state.

“Most insurgent outfits have realised violence cannot solve any problem and have left this path for peace. The government will take all measures to establish peace and fulfill their aspirations,“ she said.

The Congress president said that today was a day of celebration for the party. “But at the same time we realise the huge responsibility the people of Assam has reposed in us and we renew our pledge to serve them better to take them on the path of peace, development and prosperity.“

Gandhi said Tarun Gogoi assumed power in the state 11 years ago its condition was “pathetic“. “Assam was in a state of chaos and disarray … Insurgency was at its height, the treasury was empty, government employees were not paid salaries, development was at an all-time low, industries and industrialists were fleeing.“

The people of Assam joined hands with the Congress to change the situation and take the state forward on the road of development, she added.

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