Kokrajhar (Assam), Feb 7 (IANS) Appealing to militants in the North-East, Jammu and Kashmir and Maoists to leave arms and join the national mainstream, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said they can get nothing by following the path of violence.
“I tell the Naxalites, those in the North-East and Kashmir, who still have faith in bombs, guns and pistols, to learn from the Bodo youths, take inspiration from them and come to the mainstream. Live your life, celebrate life,” Modi said, addressing a huge gathering here in celebration of the third Bodo peace accord inked late last month.
Welcoming the Bodo accord, the prime minister said he was aware that people of diverse groups live in Assam with their distinctive culture, language, dress and food habits.
“I am fully aware of your aspirations, pains and sorrows. The way Bodos have come together, I am confident that the misgivings of other communities will end fast. Have faith in your friend (Modi).”
In an indirect appeal to the banned United Liberation Front of Assam and its fugitive chief Paresh Barua, Modi said: “I appeal to those still nurturing some inimical thoughts regarding the country to shun such thoughts and come to the mainstream of development an take part in ‘sab ke sath, sab ke vikas’ (development for all).
“Violence doesn’t lead you to any goals, nor will it get you anything in future,” he said.