Boundary issue with Assam will be taken up after elections: M’laya deputy CM

Boundary issue with Assam will be taken up after elections:  M’laya deputy CM
Prestone Tynsong
Correspondent Shillong, Jan 13 | Publish Date: 1/13/2021 10:46:18 AM IST

Meghalaya deputy chief minister  Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday said issues relating to boundary dispute with Assam would be taken up after assembly elections and formation of a new government in the neighbouring State.

“Let us wait, as right now we cannot do anything just because of the elections in Assam which is going to be held very soon. Before that, I don’t think Assam government will have time to sit and find a solution. So we will wait till new government comes in, till the new house is constituted and then only we will pursue this matter and we will write again to the government of Assam,” he told reporters.

“Assam is busy preparing for the upcoming elections. But there is a standing order in which decision taken between the two chief ministers since that time was that the district administrations which have differences are required to meet from time to time when any issue arises like halting of construction or stopping of developmental activities be it from Assam or Meghalaya, meaning the deputy commissioners will meet to sort out and to ensure there is no untoward incident,” he said.

On Assam government stopping developmental activities in the border areas,Tynsong recalled, “The decision was that we should not stop developmental programmes be it from Assam or Meghalaya so that the residents are benefited leaving aside the differences.”

“That is why once the new government comes in Assam, solution will ultimately be found,” the deputy Chief Minister iterated.

He said the Meghalaya government had already submitted all documents to Assam because not the entire stretch of the inter-state boundary is disputed but only few areas are there which are treated as points of differences.

“ Therefore, we will make sure to attend to these areas where there are differences all these years right from our statehood till today,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said that despite the dispute, the 50th statehood anniversary of Meghalaya would be celebrated in a befitting manner.

“We are going to celebrate 50th year of statehood. We have to celebrate. In case if we cannot solve the boundary issue, are you trying to say that we will not celebrate the 50th  year? We are going to celebrate,” he asserted.

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