Meghalaya BJP decides to form committee to pursue boundary dispute with Assam

Shillong, Feb 18: The BJP in Meghalaya will constitute a committee to pursue with Assam the need to find solution to long pending inter-state boundary dispute.

Meghalaya has been in dispute over boundary with Assam for many decades ever since it was created. No proper boundary was demarcated between the two states when Meghalaya was carved out of Assam in 1972.

“The party will play a pro-active role and we will form a committee to come up with fruitful solution to resolve the long pending inter-state border dispute,” BJP state president Ernest Mawrie said.

He said that the committee to be formed after March, will also lead a delegation to meet Assam chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal for discussion on the matter.

Mawrie said the decision was taken after seeing that all political parties have used this issue for their own political gains and they forget about it after elections.

He also referred to many incidents where precious lives have been lost due to delay in resolving the boundary dispute.

Admitting that talks held between the two states have reached nowhere in the past, Mawrie however expressed confidence that the initiative will bear positive results since it is also a BJP government in Assam.

Asked about the best solution to end the pending problem, the BJP leader said that the party would prefer a “give and take” policy.

“We will try our best to come up with solution for the benefit of our people staying in the border,” he said while stressing the need to work together with all the stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Mawrie informed that the party has also decided to lead a delegation to Delhi to request the Centre to consider the inclusion of Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Stating the party will ensure proper implementation of all developmental schemes launched by the Central government, Mawrie said, “We will also conduct a survey to know the number of youths who got government jobs especially in Central government offices.”