Sanjoy Kishan, a cabinet colleague of Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, has been issued a show-cause notice for his apologies to the proscribed ULFA (I), which he gave shortly after labeling the outfit’s chief a “fake.”
Assam CM served the notice on Saturday
Assam CM Mr. Sarma served the notice on Kishan on Saturday, according to an official source who did not want to be identified.
“Kishan has been given three days time to respond to the notice. the chief minister has asked Kishan to explain why he had apologized to the ULFA (I),” he told the media.
According to the source, Mr. Kishan, who represents Tinsukia in the state Assembly, called ULFA (I) chairman Paresh Barua a “fraud” on May 13.
The next day, the group issued a statement demanding an apology from the Tea Tribes and Employment Minister for his remarks, threatening to “boycott” him in the state’s Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts if he did not do so within 24 hours. In these two eastern districts, ULFA (I) is thought to have some clout.
Mr. Kishan later told reporters that he did not say anything with the goal of “hurting” Paresh Barua and that if he did so unintentionally, he apologized.
The ULFA(I) quickly issued another statement, renouncing its “boycott” of the BJP leader.
Last year, just after Himanta Biswa Sarma took office, the ULFA(I) established a unilateral ceasefire with the government.