Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Ok Sangma have made up our minds of shifting from keeping up established order to discovering a method to the inter-state border dispute within the first assembly at the factor at Meghalaya’s capital Shillong on Friday.
“We have come to a common understanding that we need to travel from status quo. Often after such inter-state border dispute meetings, the outcome used to be maintaining status quo. This time, I would like to tell the people of both the states that we are firm and committed to resolving this dispute,” Mr Sarma advised journalists in a joint press briefing with Mr Sangma in Shillong.
Reciprocating, Mr Sangma stated, “As mentioned by the Chief Minister of Assam, the discussion was very positive and we have decided that no longer will we look at status quo as the outcome of the meeting. But we will try to change from the status quo and find a solution to this very long pending issue. As I’ve been mentioning many times in the past, it’s not really simple.”
Seven districts of Assam together with Kamrup Metro stocks border with northern and western Meghalaya, amongst which main disputes in regards to the obstacles exist in a minimum of 12 issues, said each the Chief Ministers.
“We have identified disputes in 12 points where both the states claim it is part of their boundary. We have decided to talk on these 12 points one by one and relevant merits and demerits of claims and counter claims will be discussed. And places where we will find it easy to resolve, we will begin resolving. It may not be possible to resolve all the issues at a time, but at least, we can start from some point,” Mr Sarma stated.
Following the primary spherical of dialogue, Mr Sarma has Mr Sangma to Assam to carry the second one spherical of dialogue on August 6.
Both unanimously stated that if required to unravel, they’ll consult with the disputed puts in combination.
Border disputes between the 2 states date again to the inception of Meghalaya in January 1971 when two districts of the then Assam – United Khasi Hills, and Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills – have been carved out to shape a separate state and the then unified Assam’s capital Shillong was once shifted to Dispur, whilst Shillong turned into Meghalaya’s capital.
“One should not expect or think that we will be able to resolve issues that have been pending for so long in a matter of days. This will require consultations. It will require a lot of homework. It will require us to really meet the people also at the grassroots level and we also need to look at the current situation of the locations also,” Mr Sangma stated.