MoU signed to resolve issues in the first six areas of differences dictated by Assam: Pala

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Shillong, Sep 17: The Congress has said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Meghalaya and Assam to resolve issues in the first six areas of differences was dictated by Assam.

Calling the MoU a sellout, Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president, Vincent H. Pala alleged that just to get one good building and a hotel the state had to sell so much land.

“We are in the Sixth Schedule and all the people who live within its jurisdiction have different facilities, now all these will go back to Assam (will lose Sixth Schedule status). They have not done any social impact assessment and no public hearing. They simply come and are notified,” Pala said.

He also said that Meghalaya’s map is becoming smaller and smaller and that it was unfortunate Assam which had given the lands when it got its statehood in 1972 now it is giving it back to Assam.

“The maximum of the prime property the loss is for Meghalaya. If the people on the border are not happy with the MoU, why should you impose it,” the MPCC president said.

Pala also said that if the Congress comes to power it will do a rethink on the border MoU.

He also said that the party will go to the Supreme Court to challenge the MoU signed between Assam and Meghalaya.

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