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BJP MLA writes to Shah on Assam-Meghalaya land dispute

BJP MLA writes to Shah on Assam-Meghalaya land dispute
Sanbor Shullai
Correspondent Shillong, Oct 23 | Publish Date: 10/23/2020 12:33:27 PM IST

Meghalaya’s BJP legislator Sanbor Shullai on Friday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking the Central government intervention in resolving the vexed inter-state boundary dispute between Assam and Meghalaya.

In his letter, the former Deputy Speaker reminded the Union Home Minister of the decision taken by the centre to resolve the all pending border disputes among the North-eastern states by 2021. “The decision to resolve border disputes among the North-eastern states by 2021 is a noble thought and gesture and one that we are highly grateful for,” Shullai noted.  “This act by the government will help boost the morale of the party workers all across the region and will help us strengthen our party and future consolidates our presence,” he informed the Home Minister.

 “Such a move will go down in the history of the region besides giving confidence to the people of this region in our party and governance,” the BJP legislator asserted. Referring to frequent disputes due to unsettled boundary in several areas between Assam and Meghalaya, the BJP legislator said, “This lead to an uneasy calm and hostility among the people living in both sides of the border.” 

“The people in the unsettled border areas are facing difficulties as several developmental activities cannot be carried out due to the boundary dispute,” Shullai said. “The people of Meghalaya are a peace loving community, but the effects of disputes spill over to the rest of the state affecting lives of people all over and also disrupt the communal harmony,” the BJP legislator said.

In the past, the Meghalaya government had sought the central government intervention to sort out the four-decade-old border dispute with Assam. Meghalaya has 12 areas of dispute with Assam.

In 1985, the Assam and Meghalaya governments had entrusted Justice Y.V.Chandrachud to head a committee of experts on the constitutional aspects of boundary demarcation between the two states. 

Assam claimed Langpih – called Lumpi in Assam -based on the recommendations of the Justice Chandrachud committee report. However, Meghalaya has rejected the committee’s report. 

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