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Shillong: Amid the boundary row with Assam, the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) has urged the Meghalaya government to take all parties and stakeholders on board before holding any talks with its counterpart in the neighbouring state.

“Maybe we can reach a final solution if we convene a meeting of all parties, pressure groups and traditional heads and seek local opinion to come to a consensus,” said HSPDP president KP Pangniang.

“We are hopeful that both the states can find a solution before the celebration of the nation’s 75th Independence Day and the 50th Statehood Day,” said Pangiang, adding that it could be a good time to take up the matter as the Assam CM has also shown interest on the issue.

“As a party, we have been demanding to talk with Assam government to start a dialogue to solve the boundary dispute. We have been pushing to take the matter seriously since last year nothing was done due to the COVID-19 pandemic and also because of the assembly elections in Assam. Now is a good time to discuss these issues,” said Pangiang.

When asked if a coalition meeting should be held to discuss this issue, Pangiang said that it was high time for the government to call a meeting and take all political parties and stakeholders like Autonomous District Councils on board.

He further suggested that others like traditional heads, Syiems, Dalois, Sardars and NGOs who have been raising their voices should also be taken on board.

The HSPDP, a coalition of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) in the state, has urged the government to take the matter seriously.

“As far as we know, there are 12 pockets of differences and the matter has been raised from time to time. But today, we are happy to see the positive response from the Central government. We have seen the statement from the government of Assam that they have a political will to settle this matter once and for all,” Pangniang said.

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Chief minister Conrad K Sangma had recently said that an informal discussion was carried out with his counterpart in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, concerning the boundary issue.

According to reports, even the Union home minister has been asking Meghalaya and Assam to move forward and resolve the matter.

Sangma also emphasized that there is no simple solution to the vexed issue and stressed on the need to find an amicable solution which will be acceptable to both the states.

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