Shillong: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Meghalaya on Tuesday held a meeting to discuss about the 12 “areas of differences” over the age-old boundary dispute with Assam.

The meeting was chaired by Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma and attended by Congress MLAs Mohendro Rapsang, Miani D Shira, Kimfa Marbaniang and Hima Shangpliang.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Sangma said that they had discussed about the issues keeping in mind the interests of the people and the state as a whole.

Sangma alleged that the Meghalaya government is being insensitive to the suffering of the people living at the disputed areas along the Assam border.

The statement came even as the chief ministers of both Assam and Meghalaya are set to meet for the second time over the border dispute in Guwahati on August 6.

According to Sangma, the previous government in Meghlaya led by him had submitted a bulk of documents to its counterpart, re-enforcing its claims on the disputed areas, and the incumbent government should hold discussions on the basis of those documents.

Asking the Meghalaya government to protect the interests of the people of the state, Sangma refused to comment anything on the give and take policy but added that whatever resolution is adopted by both states, it should be acceptable to the people of the state.

The former chief minister also accused the government of not paying any attention to the inter-state border areas’ development programme which was initiated by the previous government for the people residing along the disputed areas.

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On being asked about North Eastern Space Applications Centre’s (NESAC) move to demarcate the boundary between Northeastern states through satellite imaging, he said that the agency can take cognizance of the documents submitted by the state government while demarcating the boundary.

Meanwhile, the leader of opposition is planning to visit Iongkhuli village in Ri-Bhoi district along the Assam border to assess the situation.

Iongkhuli village made headlines recently after officials of Assam police uprooted electric poles installed by the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) in the area.



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