Guwahati: Blaming the Congress party for the current border issues in the Northeast, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday stated that because of the Congress policies, people of the northeast are suffering for the last 50 years.
Addressing the media here in Guwahati, CM Sarma said, “Congress did certain blunder. They hurriedly formed these new states in the Northeast without trying to resolve the disputes. As a result of Congress policies, the northeast people are suffering and fighting among themselves. It was a conspiracy of the Congress party to keep the Northeast in a weak and defensive position. Henceforth, we are trying to defeat this Congress game plan or correct the game plan after 50 years.”
CM Sarma also claimed that the entire Meghalaya state was formed during the Congress regime, whereas, the state itself was a part of Assam. “Congress gave away almost thousand sq km of land to Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya earlier. Now how can they challenge us when we are trying to sort out long-standing border issues with other Northeast states?” questioned CM Sarma.
CM Sarma also informed that as of now there is no planning regarding the chief ministerial-level talks with Mizoram, however, Assam is likely to open talks with Arunachal Pradesh in due course of time.
“With Mizoram, a committee will be formed under the supervision of border affairs minister Atul Bora. Bora is coordinating with the Mizoram home minister. So in some point of time, we will have progress on that front also,” asserted the chief minister.
CM Sarma further stated that if both the state government wants to settle the border issue, then it is not a tough thing.
“With Nagaland, the dispute is a bit complex; the Supreme Court has already heard the matter and I think in another two to three years, we are going to get the verdict. Other disputes are easy to resolve, provided both the states show some spirit of accommodation. As of now, our concern is status quo should be maintained. There shouldn’t be any clash or conflict,” added the chief minister.