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Assam-M’laya border deal: Will voice people’s concerns, says BJP’s Al Hek

The Assam Meghalaya governments on March 29 signed an agreement to resolve their 50-year-old border dispute in six of the 12 locations.

Meghalaya BJP Leader AL Hek on Saturday in a significant statement said that as elected representatives it is their duty to ensure that the voices of the people are heard and listening to the voice of the people has to be the priority.

AL Hek was speaking in reaction to a statement made by CM Conrad Sangma on the Assam-Meghalaya border deal that coalition partners should back the decision of the government that they themselves were a part of.

Talking to Northeast Live, the senior BJP leader who is also the advisor to the CM stated that as elected representatives they are duty-bound to ensure that the voices of the people in the disputed areas are heard.

The senior BJP leader also said that the focus should only be on those areas which are disputed and areas that are not disputed need not be discussed.

The Assam Meghalaya governments on March 29 signed an agreement to resolve their 50-year-old border dispute in six of the 12 locations, with Union home minister Amit Shah calling it a “historic day” for the northeast.

The pact was signed in the presence of Shah and chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya Himanta Biswa Sarma and Conrad Sangma respectively.

The effort to resolve the boundary dispute between Assam and Meghalaya gained pace in recent times.

Meghalaya was carved out of Assam as a separate state in 1972 but the new state had challenged the Assam Reorganisation Act, 1971, leading to dispute in 12 locations in the border areas.

The locations are: Upper Tarabari, Gazang reserve forest, Hahim, Langpih, Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah, Matamur, Khanapara-Pilangkata, Deshdemoreah Block I and Block II, Khanduli and Retacherra.

Out of the 12 points of dispute between Assam and Meghalaya, the six areas with relatively less critical differences were taken up in the first phase.

According to the joint final set of recommendations made by the committees, out of 36.79 sq km disputed area taken up for settlement in the first phase, Assam will get full control of 18.51 sq km and Meghalaya 18.28 sq km.

First Published: 30th April, 2022 20:03 IST

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