Political consensus needed for solving Meghalaya-Assam border dispute

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday emphasized on building political consensus before taking a final call on the long-pending boundary dispute with Assam.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2010, 20:37 PM IST

Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul
Sangma on Thursday emphasized on building political consensus before
taking a final call on the long-pending boundary dispute with
Assam.

Sangma told the Assembly that besides official
meetings, he also had informal discussions with his Assam
counterpart Tarun Gogoi on the issue on several occasions
including on the sidelines of a recent AICC meet.

"I have been talking to almost all senior leaders of
Assam and everybody wants an early settlement," he said,
adding that both the states would have to arrive at a mutually
agreeable solution.

"We shall endeavour for complete involvement of the
people, political parties, NGOs and civil societies," Sangma
said in reply to a discussion on the boundary problem.

Admitting that some Meghalaya villages were shown to
be in Assam in certain maps, he said that numerous
notifications issued since 1872 to the recent times have been
taken into consideration by a committee headed by the chief
secretary to work out modalities to solve the issue.

Earlier, responding to a query by James Sangma (NCP),
he said chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya at their
meeting on June 5 at Dispur had agreed to settle the border
dispute amicably and expeditiously.

"Towards this end, it was decided that a committee of
state chief secretaries are to meet and prepare ground work
for the next chief ministerial level meeting. At present, the
two chief secretaries are working on the modalities for the
talks," he said.

"Meghalaya should build up the case to have maximum
bargaining power with the neighbouring state," he said.

Sangma also urged political parties not to politicize
the `sensitive` issue and work towards consensus.

PTI