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Assam-Meghalaya border issue: Langpih to stay with Meghalaya?

Langpih sector will come under the second phase of Chief Ministerial level discussions between Assam and Meghalaya to settle the border dispute

Rambrai-Jyrngam MDC Bajop Pyngrope along with residents of Langpih sector in West Khasi Hills district met Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Thursday and stated that he wants villages under his constituency to remain with Meghalaya.

It may be mentioned that Langpih sector will come under the second phase of Chief Ministerial level discussions between Assam and Meghalaya to settle the border dispute between the two states.

After meeting the deputy chief minister, MDC Bajop Pyngrope said that 39 villages have signed a joint memorandum where they stated that they want to remain in Meghalaya.

Pyngrope said that settlement of Langpih sector will be complicated but with 95 percent of the residents wanting to be in Meghalaya, it won’t be hard for the regional committees to take a call.

On the remaining five percent, the MDC said that the ‘Hima’ of the region will do its homework on how to convince them to also be with Meghalaya.

Assam and Meghalaya have embarked on a historic move to the protracted interstate boundary issue between the two neighboring states of the Northeast. Chief Minister of both the states Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Conrad K Sangma the states have signed a historic border deal between the six areas of difference have been taken up to be resolved.

The historic deal was signed on March 29 in New Delhi in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The six areas of dispute taken up in the 1st phase are Tarabari, Gizang, Hahim, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pillangkata and Ratacherra under the Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro) and Cachar districts of Assam and the West Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi and East Jaintia Hills districts of Meghalaya.

It is to be mentioned that Chief Ministers of both the states had visited Lower Langpih on November 16 to interact with the locals of the area. However, Langpih was kept to be resolved in Phase-II.

First Published: 24th June, 2022 14:44 IST

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