May 18, 2024
Himanta and modi

CM Sarma to meet PM Modi on Assam-Mizoram border dispute

Guwahati: Worried with  Assam-Mizoram border disputes, where six police personnel lost their lives during duty hours on 26 July last,
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma arrives in New Delhi with an aim to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit
Shah on Monday along with BJP Parliamentarians from the State. CM Sarma recently sent two of his ministers to Aizawl for face-to-face
discussions and building confidence measures. A joint statement between the two governments of neighbouring States in northeast India
was also issued with all positive words. Earlier, a series of FIRs against each other’s government officials including Sarma himself was
also revoked as a goodwill gesture. Later, State ministers Parimal Suklabaidya and Ashok Singhal visited
the affected Lailapur area and talked to the agitators of Barak valley, who prevented entering the goods-carrying trucks to Mizoram. A
number of trucks were already vandalised by miscreants on the way to Mizoram carrying eggs from Cachar. Finally, the unofficial economic
blockade was reportedly lifted and the normal movement of vehicles on NH 306 was resumed as a relief to the hills State.
The violent incident was taken by a section of critics to spread all negative news about the  Centre’s inability to resolve the inter-State
border feuds even though  PM Modi and HM Shah have shown utmost seriousness to amicably settle the issue. Modi, who was apprised about
the ground situation by a delegation of saffron MPs from north-eastern States on 2 August, reiterated his commitment to resolve the issue.
Led by Union law minister Kiren Rijiju, the delegation also blamed the Congress for playing tricks over inter-State border issues of the
land-locked strategically sensitive region. The law-makers even criticized former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi for not being
sensitive to aspirations of various indigenous communities including the Mizo people. Meanwhile, Assam’s influential student leader Samujjal Bhattacharjya
appreciated both the State  governments for taking initiatives to resolve border issues at the earliest so that the spirit of North-East
can be kept alive. Resolving border disputes between Assam and Mizoram through the dialogue is an effective way to foster peace and
stability in the region, commented Bhattacharjya. However, in the public domain, allegations and counter-allegations
continue surfacing. A section of Mizo nationals claimed that the State government in Dispur was giving shelter to a large number of suspected
Bangladeshi Muslim families in the border areas, who were the real culprit for the tensions. They repeatedly stated that Mizo people have
all love and affection to the Assamese community. On the other hand, a section of residents in Bengali dominated Barak
valley argued that Mizoram was giving shelter to many Burmese refugees within its territory. They categorically claimed that the State
government in Aizawl remains soft towards a huge number of Christian Chin refugees who were enjoying various government facilities in
India-Myanmar border areas for many years.

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