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Meghalaya opposition stage walkout
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 10:
Published on 10 Jun. 2010 11:12 PM IST
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The Opposition NCP today walked out of the Assembly angered at Chief Minister Mukul Sangma “non-committal” to stop encroachment by Assam at Psiar and Khatkasla area in Jaintia Hills.
Even though Chief Minister Mukul Sangma made a statement on the issue, the NCP legislators were not satisfied with it and demanded a categorical statement on the issue.
Terming Sangma a “weak” chief minister, Leader of Opposition Conrad Sangma told reporters outside that the people want categorical action from the chief minister on Assam’s ongoing encroachment of Meghalaya’s territory.
“So far the chief minister has only expressed deadly words but not deadly action on the issue,” the NCP said.
In his sou-moto statement, the chief minister who informed the House on the recent Chief Ministerial level meeting with his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi, admitted that the Assam government had encroached at Psiar and Khatkasla areas in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills district.
“We (Meghalaya) will not be a mere spectator to any move taken by Assam government unilaterally which is against the spirit of agreement arrived at the (June 5) chief ministerial level meeting,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor the ground situation regularly and police personnel are patrolling in those areas,” the chief minister said, referring to Assam’s fresh encroachment in Jaintia Hills district.
On June 5, the two chief ministers had reached an agreement to maintain status quo in the disputed areas between the two states and not to allow fresh settlement in these areas. Any development work would be carried out by either government only after informing the other.
As soon as the chief minister completed his statement, Conrad Sangma asked him to make a categorical statement on the border dispute.
“The chief minister’s statement gives no assurance to direct district administration to evict the Assam police from Khatkasla area in Jaintia Hills district,” he said.
However, Speaker Charles Pyngrope rejected the demand, saying that he would not allow any more discussion on the matter since the chief minister has already made his reply.
In 1985, the Assam and Meghalaya governments entrusted Justice YV Chandrachud to head the Committee of experts for giving opinion on the Constitutional aspects of the boundary demarcation between the two neighboring states.
Assam claimed Langpih village, one of the 12 areas of difference with Assam based on the recommendations of Justice Chandrachud Committee report.

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