Shillong, Jul 19: After a couple of “unofficial” discussions on the border dispute between Chief Ministers – Conrad Sangma and Himanta Biswa Sarma, the duo will officially discuss the issue in Shillong on July 23.
The state Chief Minister informed that this was decided when the two met in Guwahati on July 17. Sangma informed that Banteidor Lyngdoh and Hamletson Dohling both cabinet ministers and MLAs of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) and State Planning Board Chairman and Nongkrem legislator Lambor Malngiang also accompanied him to congratulation Sarma on being appointed Chief Minister of Assam as well as to express concern over the long pending border dispute between the two states.
Later, Sangma and Sarma had a one to one discussion on the border issue.
Sangma informed that after the Assam Chief Minister’s visit to Shillong on July 23 along with high ranking officials of Assam, subsequently he will take a delegation of Meghalaya officials to Guwahati for a reciprocal visit.
Stating that the long pending border issue was not a simple affair, the Chief Minister said that both the sides were keen to resolve it amicably which is acceptable to all.
Meghalaya Chief Minister also informed that both the Chief Ministers were for starting afresh even as he said that if one sticks to the past it would be difficult to move ahead to resolve the issue.
Sarma’s visit to Shillong will be a day ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s to Shillong.
Shah will be meeting all the Chief Ministers of the north east during his visit to Shillong and among other issues, the border disputes between the different states in the region will be on the agenda.
The Centre is keen to resolve the border disputes in northeast before India’s 75th year of Independence in 2022.