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Border disputes would be solved: Sonowal

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, May 26 - Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today termed boundary disputes with its neighbouring States as �family issues,� which would be resolved with consultations and mutual acceptance.

Sonowal, who is here to attend the North Eastern Council plenary meeting, said discussions would be held with the neighbouring States to find amicable solutions to the inter-State boundary disputes.

�The Northeastern region is a family and these (disputes) are family issues. We would like to move together as a family. With consultations everything is possible,� the CM said.

There is a huge all-round expectation from the new BJP Government to try do things differently and addressing some of the issues that have lingered on for decades.

One such issue is the inter-State boundary dispute with Meghalaya. The two States have 12 areas of differences with both sides staking its claim over these patches of land.

The Congress Governments in Assam and Meghalaya had initiated a discussion on this issue for sometime now. The two sides are currently holding Chief Secretary-level talks to resolve the dispute, but without much headway.

Acknowledging the lingering inter-State boundary issues with its neighbouring States, Sonowal said: �we need to strengthen the region together. There are a lot of potentials for the region if we move together.�

Sonowal, however, sidestepped a question when asked if he was already feeling the pressure of the people�s expectation from the new Government after the overwhelming mandate. Nonetheless, he said, the �acceptance of the BJP� as a party has increased in the NE. Sonowal added the acceptance has increased because the BJP-led NDA Government has accorded priority and taken steps to develop the region like no other Government.

Asked if the BJP would try to get a foothold in Meghalaya, which goes to the poll in 2018, he said: �The NE is wholeheartedly welcoming the BJP because of the initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party is being accepted in the region.�

Meanwhile, he inaugurated a new building of the Assam House at Stonyland, Dhankheti here that would serve as a guest house. The building has been built at a cost of over Rs 10 lakh.

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Border disputes would be solved: Sonowal

SHILLONG, May 26 - Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today termed boundary disputes with its neighbouring States as �family issues,� which would be resolved with consultations and mutual acceptance.

Sonowal, who is here to attend the North Eastern Council plenary meeting, said discussions would be held with the neighbouring States to find amicable solutions to the inter-State boundary disputes.

�The Northeastern region is a family and these (disputes) are family issues. We would like to move together as a family. With consultations everything is possible,� the CM said.

There is a huge all-round expectation from the new BJP Government to try do things differently and addressing some of the issues that have lingered on for decades.

One such issue is the inter-State boundary dispute with Meghalaya. The two States have 12 areas of differences with both sides staking its claim over these patches of land.

The Congress Governments in Assam and Meghalaya had initiated a discussion on this issue for sometime now. The two sides are currently holding Chief Secretary-level talks to resolve the dispute, but without much headway.

Acknowledging the lingering inter-State boundary issues with its neighbouring States, Sonowal said: �we need to strengthen the region together. There are a lot of potentials for the region if we move together.�

Sonowal, however, sidestepped a question when asked if he was already feeling the pressure of the people�s expectation from the new Government after the overwhelming mandate. Nonetheless, he said, the �acceptance of the BJP� as a party has increased in the NE. Sonowal added the acceptance has increased because the BJP-led NDA Government has accorded priority and taken steps to develop the region like no other Government.

Asked if the BJP would try to get a foothold in Meghalaya, which goes to the poll in 2018, he said: �The NE is wholeheartedly welcoming the BJP because of the initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party is being accepted in the region.�

Meanwhile, he inaugurated a new building of the Assam House at Stonyland, Dhankheti here that would serve as a guest house. The building has been built at a cost of over Rs 10 lakh.