Border Row: CM Himanta, Sangma to meet HM Amit Shah on Thursday; To submit proposed solution formula
Guwahati: Both Assam and Meghalaya chief ministers to forward its representations on the border disputes between the two neighbouring states to union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday, said Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday.
Both the chief ministers to meet Shah to submit the recommendation of the two northeastern states for resolving the boundary dispute in six areas.
Following a cabinet meeting held in Haflong, the chief minister said that the cabinet has approved the recommendations of the three regional committees set up by his government on the boundary dispute.
“The state cabinet has given its consent to the border dispute solution formula conceptualized after several rounds of discussion between the two chief ministers, reports of the regional committees, discussion with Opposition parties and various student groups and other stakeholders. Like Assam, Meghalaya government will also forward its decision to the home minister for further action from the Centre,” said Sarma.
Sources said that both Assam and Meghalaya government have agreed in principle to divide about 36 sqkm of disputed land at six places between them in almost equal parts to partially end the 50-year-old border row between them.
The disputes in six other remaining areas, which are termed as “complicated,” will be taken up for settlement in the next phase.
The two states have, however, agreed that after a memorandum of understanding is signed Meghalaya cannot make any further claims.
Both the chief ministers are likely to meet and submit the reports to the union home minister in Delhi on Thursday evening.