Shillong, Jul 30: Shillong Lok Sabha MP, Vincent H. Pala has said that the boundary conflicts between Assam with other northeastern states are on the rise under the present BJP led government in that state.
“It has been observed that, for reasons best known to the present BJP- led Government of Assam, such conflicts have not only been on the rise, but have also taken a much more aggressive turn,” Pala said in the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Shillong Lok Sabha MP said that this has consequently led to a sense of fear, insecurity and alarm is perceived among the residents of these border areas.
“We have covered a long way in neutralising certain violent and disturbing threats to the peace of the region and such apprehensions do not augur well for the progress that has been made,” Pala added.
According to the Congress Lok Sabha MP, provocations and aggressive posturing at the borders of smaller states is perilous to healthy neighbourly relations.
Pala also said that the recent occurrences in the North-East India have once again highlighted the violent clashes and disputes over inter-state boundaries that have threatened the peace and stability of the region for decades now.
“It is widely acknowledged that, excluding the princely states of Tripura and Manipur, all other states have a long boundary dispute with Assam. This has also given rise to disputes over land, forest resources and ethnic clashes, and can be seen in relations of Assam viz-a-viz states like Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya,” he said.
“Thus, on behalf of the peace-loving people of Meghalaya, I sincerely urge you to address this issue at the earliest. The progress of the region has been fought for long and hard, and it would be a matter of great regret to let that wither away. I earnestly hope that this matter is taken up urgently so as to establish cordial relations and resolve such disputes in a timely manner,” Pala added.