As of now, the Paresh Baruah-led ULFA faction has decided to change all the surnames of the leaders & cadres from their origin to ASOM. In a press release sent to Times of Assam by the Publicity Commander of ULFA, Lt Arunodoy Asom who was known as Arunodoy Dohotiya earlier, stated that this has been decided to tighten the unification of the National identity beyond ethnic identity.
The Publicity Commander Arunodoy Asom also stated that since Assam was under the Colonial ruling of India, the formation of the Assamese nation has been badly affected. ‘Although the diplomatic level had explored the cause as the colonial ruling of India, it is yet not observed that the capable society had maintained the formation of Assamese nation. We, the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have always tried to maintain the formation of the Assamese nation, even we are being attacked by the Indian Occupational Force. In this regard, our Central Committee has decided to change the surname of our leaders and cadres as ASOM from their original one to speed up the Assamese nation formation system with a newer but practical step. This will be mandated as now of today January 20, 2012’- Arunodoy Asom also added.
To this effect, ASOM will be used as the surname of the leaders and cadres instead of Barman, Chetia, Baruah, Moran, Hazarika, Ali, Basumatary, Ronghang, Deuri, Rabha, Hajong, Rajkhowa, Gogoi, Phukan, Kalita, Sharma, Ingti, Pegu, Saikia, Dutta, etc. The outfit also examples that the Acting Chairman of ULFA will be known as Dr. Abhijit Asom as of now. Assistant Organizing Secretary Lt Muhammad Salim will be known as A Z Asom and Lt Azhar Ali will be known as Chirag Asom due to some relevant causes. In the press release, it also mentioned that although there is some organizational pad already signed by Lt Colonel Jiban Moran and Deputy C-in-C Major Drishti Rajkhowa, which will be considered as legal, they will also use Asom as the surname in their signatures to be made as new.