Meghalaya to lose 66 acres in Ri-Bhoi to Assam in border dispute settlement: Oppn

Shillong: Meghalaya’s Opposition Chief Whip George B Lyngdoh on Tuesday alleged that the state government has given away 66 acres of land in Ri-Bhoi district to Assam as part of a settlement signed between the two states to resolve the border dispute.

Leader of the Opposition Mukul Sangma of the Trinamool Congress also cautioned the BJP-backed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government not to be in a hurry in finalising the ‘Memorandum of Understand’ to resolve the 12 areas of difference with Assam.

Meghalaya and Assam have signed the MoU on January 29 to resolve the border dispute in six locations – Tarabari, Gizang, Hahim, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pillangkata and Ratacherra in the first phase.

It was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs for further examination.

Lyngdoh accused the government of giving away 66 acres of the state’s land in Khanapara area to Assam.

I am not happy with the (interstate border dispute) settlement. We have lost the state’s gateway considering the settlement which has already been signed, the TMC leader said.

Urging the government to rectify this and withdraw its consent to give 66 acres of land in Khanapara to Assam, he said the state should not be forced to accept a settlement such as this.

Sangma also requested the government not to hurry in finalising the MoU.

I would like to appeal to the government to hold on, have more exhaustive understanding about this complex contentious issue before you decide to resolve it part by part, Sangma said while supporting a motion moved by George.

He claimed the neighbouring state is pushing the MoU as it will stand to gain.

This caution also came ahead of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma’s visit to New Delhi to attend a meeting called by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to finalise the MoU.

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