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ULFA chief's family voted in Assam polls

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Updated: April 4, 2011, 5:31 PM IST
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ULFA chief's family voted in Assam polls
The Paresh Barua faction of the ULFA had issued a threat to the Congress for the ongoing polls.

Jeraigaon: Her rebel son may have issued a threat to ruling Congress candidates but ULFA 'military chief' Paresh Barua's octogenarian mother Miliki Baruah on Monday cast her vote in the first phase of assembly polls in Assam, saying she had always faith in democracy.

"In spite of my frail health, I've voted in every election and I have faith in democracy. It is our duty to elect good candidates who can work for the uplift of people," said Miliki, accompanied by her daughter-in-law and granddaughter, after casting her vote at Chakalighariya LP School in Chabua constituency of Dibrugarh district.

She urged the government to ensure that Barua and all his boys returned and as did peace to the state.

"The government should take steps to bring back all the boys back to the state," Miliki said.

Her youngest son Bikul Baruah, a school teacher, with whom she lived, was on election duty as a polling officer at the Rashtriya Bhasa Vidyalaya polling station in Duliajan constituency of the district and had to use the postal ballot to exercise his franchise.

Her two older sons Bimal Baruah, an employee at the army's supply depot at Panitola, and Pradip Baruah, also an army man, voted along with five family members. Paresh's sister Hirawati Baruah Chetia had won the last panchayat polls on an AGP ticket and is a member of Panitola-Barhola Anchalik Panchayat in neighbouring Tinsukia district.

The Paresh Barua faction of the ULFA had issued a threat to the Congress for the ongoing polls.

First Published: April 4, 2011, 5:31 PM IST
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