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Solution should be confined to Nagaland’s boundary: Gogoi

Published on 10 Sep. 2017 11:30 PM IST
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Former Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi has asked the BJP-led government to make its stand clear on the vexed Assam-Nagaland boundary problem. “The Central government can give whatever it wants to the Naga groups... but all should be confined within Nagaland’s boundary,” Gogoi added.
Referring to reports that the final agreement to the Naga issue may be signed before Christmas, Gogoi said making a hue and cry after the accord is signed would be of no use, The Assam Tribune report stated. “We need an assurance from the government now that the State’s boundary would not be altered. We want a solution (to the Naga issue) but not at the cost of Assam,” Gogoi told a press conference here.
Stating that the Congress would not accept the demand of the NSCN (I-M) for unification of all Naga-inhabited areas, which includes parts of Assam, Gogoi charged the BJP-led government for not putting up a strong case in the Supreme Court which was hearing the inter-State border dispute.
The veteran Congress leader said the then Atal Behari Vajpayee government had proposed to extend the ceasefire with the Naga group to areas in Assam, but he had opposed and thwarted that move. The Congress leader also took at a dig at the BJP for not mentioning the names of Mahatma Gandhi and first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the general knowledge book, which was distributed among children recently. “The BJP is trying to distort the history of the country. They can name the first Deputy Prime Minister in the book, but not the first Prime Minister,” he said.
Training his guns at Assam BJP, he described Sarbananda Sonowal as the “most impractical chief minister”. “He is giving deadline after deadline but nothing has been met by the departments concerned. He had directed repair of all roads within 15 days, but see the condition of the roads now. He had directed repair of all embankments by March... what happened? On one hand they say they have launched a crusade against corruption, on the other one after another accused is getting bail as police is failing to file charge-sheets,” he added.

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