After swearing-in as the chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma appealed to all the armed rebel groups to return to the mainstream. Sarma also urged ULFA-I supreme Paresh Baruah to join the peace process through dialogue.

Addressing his first press conference as CM on May 10, Sarma said that the preference of the new cabinet will be to control the COVID-19 situation.

“The first cabinet will be held on May 11 and we will discuss the COVID-19 situation and the measures to tackle it,” CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said in Guwahati.

“We will discuss all the issues which we promised to the people during the elections – starting from various schemes to the micro-finance loans. We also promised about making the state free from flood. So, from tomorrow onwards, we will be working on these targeting a deadline,” the chief minister said.

Sarma said that during the last five years, the state has witnessed a new height of peace and he wanted to take it forward.

“We have seen peace in Bodoland and Karbi hills. And the new government would appeal to all the armed organisations to return to the peace process through dialogue,” Sarma said.

“I would like to appeal especially to ULFA leadership Paresh Baruah to return so that we can bring peace to the state through discussions and dialogue. Killings and abductions only damage the situation. These don’t bring solutions. I would like to believe that in the next five years, we will be able to bring them back to the mainstream to establish peace,” he said.

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