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NDFB backs Daimary

Kokrajhar, Dec. 4: The “officer-in-charge, eastern command” of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) has extended his support to Ranjan Daimary, alias D.R. Nabla.

In a statement issued to the media today, “Capt.” B. Jwngsher, termed the Interim National Council formed under the chairmanship of I.K. Songbijit illegal and unconstitutional.

“The formation of the so-called Interim National Council through a general meeting held on November 13 and 14 under the chairmanship of I.K. Songbijit (chief of army staff, Boroland army), without the dissolution of the National Council, is illegal and unconstitutional. I pledge my unstinted support to the founder president of the NDFB, honourable Sir, D.R. Nabla,” he said.

Jwngsher said the ceasefire declared by the NDFB on August 1, 2011, and initiation of the peace process with the Centre should continue to find a political solution to the conflict. “I appeal to other members also, who have supported the interim council, to rethink and remain united to give a chance to peace and dialogue.”

The NDFB which was formed in 1994, first split in 2008 after the October 30 serial blasts in Assam into Progressive and Ranjan Daimary factions.

The Progressive faction, led by its general secretary Govinda Basumatary, alias B. Swmkhwr, has signed a bilateral ceasefire with the Centre and joined the peace talks. The Daimary faction, whose leader is now in Guwahati Central Jail, has also entered into informal talks with the Centre. However, on November 20 this year, the Daimary faction stared at another split when its “chief of army staff” I.K. Songbijit announced the formation of an interim national council with himself as the “interim president”.

The Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB has termed the council and the appointment of Songbijit as the “interim president” illegal, unacceptable and unconstitutional. The assistant information and publicity secretary, NDFB, B. Samijing, in a press statement recently termed “the formation of the Interim National Council by a general meeting under the chairmanship I.K. Songbijit, without the resolution of the National Council “illegal, unacceptable and constitutional”.

Various organisations and individuals, including Absu and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary had also expressed concern over the recent split in the NDFB, leading to formation of a third faction of the outfit.