'We all need to live together': Assam CM Gogoi

Titobar, Aug. 9 (ANI): Asserting that all ethnic groups need to stay united, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday rejected demands to divide the state.

"I am not going to divide Assam. We all need to live together. Stop bandh culture and go for work culture. When we are one, the others will fear to break us up," said Gogoi.

"We may be Rabhas, Bodos, Karbis, Chutias, Gorkhas (ethnic communities) or minorities. But we all need to live together as Assamese under one umbrella in the state of Assam from Sadiya to Dhubri," he added.

Gogoi, who was speaking at the Gyan Bikas Bota award distribution programme to meritorious students by the Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council (TKAC) in his constituency Titabor, emphasized that unity and living together is a must for Assam.

"With a bandh culture the rich don't suffer but only the poor farmers and daily wage earners suffer. Stop bandh culture and go for work culture," he said.

The Chief Minister pointed out that violence cannot solve problems, and said that things can be sorted out only through discussions and talks.

"From the Assam Government side, we are holding talks with every body - ULFA, NDFB, Dima Hasao Daogah and other militant groups. So, even with separate state demanding parties for Kamtapur, Karbi Anglong, Bodoland, etc, we are doing the same for we need development, unity and peace under one umbrella - Assamese," he said.

The All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) that has been crusading for separate statehood for Bodos has set August 13 as the deadline for tripartite talks with the Assam Government and the Centre on the issue.

ABSU Vice President Jibon Basumatary led a delegation of the outfit's functionaries for a meeting at Dispur on Wednesday in response to an invitation from the Assam Chief Minister.

The All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) had earlier called for a 60-hour shutdown in Assam to press its demand for a separate Bodoland state.

The demand for Bodoland gained ground following the Centre's nod for the creation of a separate state of Telengana. (ANI)