SHILLONG, June 13 � Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma yesterday reiterated the need to have a consensus among all political parties to solve the inter-State border dispute with Assam and urged the agitating elected representatives and individuals to �re-strategise their approach� as they put pressure on the government to solve the dispute.
�To a great extent, I see the border problem with Assam (lingers on) because there was no consensus among political parties and called all political parties to unitedly resolve the problem. The issue is not being resolved in a manner it should be. There should be a concerted effort from all concerned,� Mukul said.
An MLA of the coalition partner in the Congress-led government Ardent Basaiawmoit and four other members to the Autonomous District Council, have called for a Statewide sit-in protest against the government for its �failure� to end the crisis at the border.
A youth from Langpih, a village under West Khasi Hills district where four indigenous youths were shot dead by Assam Police in 2010, threatened to go on a fast unto death from June 30 if the government fails in its endeavour to solve the dispute. �They must re-strategise their approach,� Mukul said, adding that the government is serious in its approach to the issue.
Maintaining that everybody is free to take up the issue (of border dispute), the Chief Minister said, �At the same time, they should also look at the intention of the government.� � PTI