The banned ULFA(I) on September 4 criticized Assam government’s permission to organize Durga Puja festivities when COVID-19 cases are increasing in the state, while it had disallowed Rongali Bihu celebration in the state due to the pandemic.
In an emailed statement to the media, the outfit alleged that hasty decisions of the central government and unscientific measures of the state government have worsened the COVID-19 situation in the state.
It pointed that while the state government did not allow Rongali Bihu celebrations in April, marking the Assamese New Year, due to the COVID-19 situation, it has now decided to allow organizing Durga Puja when the infection was on the rise in the state.
The separatist group further alleged the decision to allow Durga Puja celebration was to please the Hindutva agenda of the Narendra Modi-led government.
Maintaining that the Assamese society is not based on any caste or religion, the ULFA(I) warned that organizing festivities would increase the risk of spread of the virus.
The local district administrations in many places have allowed organizing Durga Puja in a small scale, with no gathering of people permitted.