Border Talks with Assam after Elections: Meghalaya CM Sangma
GUWAHATI: Meghalaya government has decided to initiate a talk on border rows with Assam only with the new state government to be formed after the elections.
On Monday, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma while speaking in the House said there was no inter-state boundary talk with Assam due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also assured that the Meghalaya government will pursue the matter with the new Assam government after the election in that state.
Sangma informed that many development projects undertaken by both governments at the disputed areas were currently kept on hold.
Opposition parties in the Meghalaya demanded CM Sangma to undertake a discussion with the Assam government over the issue of an alleged illegal construction of a transit camp by the Assam government at Khanapara in the border district of Ri Bhoi in Meghalaya.
Sangma told the House, “Last year in January-February, Meghalaya government had communicated to the Assam government that we need to meet to discuss the border issue at the chief ministers level. Though it was agreed verbally to meet somewhere around April last year, the pandemic changed the situation.”
The Ri Bhoi deputy commissioner had submitted a detailed report on this issue on February 25 and had written to her counterpart in Assam to intervene and stop the construction of the transit camp and that it should be kept in abeyance.