Shillong: Showing strong resentment to the suggestion of a ‘give and take’ policy in solving the age-old MeghalayaAssam border row, Congress MLA PT Sawkmie said that it is unacceptable.

MLA Sawkmie, who represents the Mawlai constituency, on Wednesday said that it was good to see talks happening over the Meghalaya-Assam border issue but felt that the state government should not have too much of expectations.

“Since this will be a first roundtable talk, we shouldn’t have too much of expectations that on day 1 itself everything will be solved. It will take a lot of time,” said Sawkmie.

Reiterating the party’s stand, Sawkmie made it clear that any ‘give and take’ policy cannot be acceptable over the Meghalaya-Assam border issue. “Based on the ground report, we have seen Assam has encroached our land and our people have not been doing that. So if we go by this policy, we will be at a loss and will lose majority of our land to Assam,” added Sawkmie.

Making a suggestion, Sawkmie said that the discussion should be based on the documents available. He accepted that it was a complex issue and a lot emotions are attached.

Sawkmie said that expectating the issue to be solved before Meghalaya celebrates its 50th statehood day next year will not be possible.

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Looking for an amicable solution to the Meghalaya-Assam border issue, Sawkmie said one should avoid any kind of violence like the one witnessed between Assam and Mizoram recently over the boundary dispute.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya government is all set to have its second bilateral talks in Guwahati on August 6. The first official discussion was held in Shillong on July 23. Following this meeting, the Meghalaya government formed a regional committee to look into the grassroots level.

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