Meghalaya CM Sangma & Assam CM Himanta visited Langpih

Shillong/Guwahati: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, along with their cabinet ministers, on Tuesday visited Langpih, one of the areas of differences in the Assam-Meghalaya border issue in Kamrup district.

Talking to the press after the joint visit, Sangma said it was a historic moment for both the states.

“It is a historic moment as for the first time two chief ministers have jointly visited different locations at Langpih and interacted with the people,” he told the media, adding that this was in itself a very positive step forward and sends forth a message of positivity, friendship, goodwill and the commitment to the people of both the states that the governments of Assam and Meghalaya are serious about the issue.

The Meghalaya CM informed that it was also decided that the time for the regional committees to submit their reports to the chief ministers is November 30 after which the CM would then hold consultations with other stakeholders within their respective states before issuing a final statement on the six areas of difference.

Also present during the meeting were members of the regional committees of both Assam and Meghalaya.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, meanwhile, said the two states have formed three committees each to settle problems at six out of the 12 disputed sites in Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan and Hailakandi districts.

“In the first phase, we are looking to resolve problems at six places. Going by the spirit and pace, we are looking to issue a final statement by December 30,” he added.

When asked whether the border of both states would be re-drawn, Sangma said, “For border re-drawing, we have to get the Parliament’s approval. Right now we are looking for an amicable solution through mutual understanding. We want to establish clarity of villages. At the same time, we want to understand what the local people want.”

“This is a politically sensitive subject. We are trying our level best to work out a solution in such a way that no one is dejected,” said Sangma.

Sarma added that the whole border dispute resolution process was being monitored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and a final decision would be taken by both governments only after their guidelines.

Earlier, addressing the local people of Lumpi area, chief minister Sarma said that in the spirit of brotherhood and enduring friendship, both the governments would be able to resolve all issues between the two states.

Sarma also assured the people that Lumpi would be taken up in the second phase for discussion.

With inputs from Rittick Sharma

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