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Meghalaya, Assam to hold talks on boundary issues after May 23

Shillong, May 16 (UNI) The Meghalaya government and Assam government will hold talks on the vexed inter-state boundary issue after May 23, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Thursday.
“Both the chief ministers of the two states (Sarbananda Sonowal and Conrad Sangma) will sit and discuss all issues because we do not want to see this kind of trouble again and again along the inter-state boundary,” Tynsong said.
The Deputy Chief Minister slammed the opposition Congress for not solving the issue though the party was in power in both the states for many years.
Tynsong said, the Congress has been in power both in Meghalaya and Assam for many years, but nothing has been done to solve this issue.
“Since 2003, when I first got elected, there was already a Congress government in Assam and Meghalaya. Why should they ask this question now? From our side, we do not want to throw stone irresponsibly at anyone. But after May 23 we will sit and discuss with our counterpart and discuss this pending issue,” he said.
On the recent incident at Balakhawa in Ri-Bhoi district along the Meghalaya-Assam boundary where the house of the secretary of Hima Nongspung, Michael Warjri was destroyed and subsequently arrested by Assam police, Tynsong termed the incident unfortunate while stating that Assam police should have consulted its counterpart before arresting anyone from within the jurisdiction of Meghalaya.
“Our chief minister and home minister James Sangma had a conversation with Assam chief minister, on this particular incident,” he said.
Tynsong said, a report was sought from the Ri-Bhoi district deputy commissioner and superintendent of Police to be submitted to the chief minister and home minister.
Warjri had opposed the construction of a PMGSY road in the area by the Assam government. Warjri was released by Assam police on bail on Wednesday.
On construction of PMGSY road in the area by Assam, Tynsong who is also holding PWD (roads) portfolio said that the Assam government seeking permission from the Hima Nongspung to build the road there, clearly shown that the area falls within Meghalaya.
Moreover, he said “according to papers,” Tynsong said, the Hima Nongspung had given a ‘no objection certificate’ to construct the PMGSY road.
“PMGSY is a central scheme and not a scheme of the Assam government. Therefore, whether built by Assam or Meghalaya, let the construction be completed for the benefit of people residing along the inter-state boundary,” he said.
To a query if the Meghalaya government has neglected the area, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “few projects have been sanctioned there. It was already agreed by both the states not to disturb developmental activities in dispute area, but both sides have to inform each other if they want to take up projects.”
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