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Assam, Arunachal to engage in ‘serious dialogue’ to solve inter-state boundary row: Himanta

“With the blessing and initiation from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, attempts are being made to solve the boundary issues in the North East states,” Dr Sarma, who is also the convenor of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), said.

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Itanagar: Coming April, the Northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will engage in a “serious dialogue” process to solve the long-drawn-out boundary dispute between the two neighbouring states.

With the inter-state boundary row currently pending with the country’s apex court, both the NE states being ruled by the BJP are trying to settle the boundary matter out of the court. “From April onwards, we will get engaged in serious dialogue and every year, maximum Assam-Arunachal border disputes will be solved,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said while gracing the Golden Jubilee celebration of Arunachal Pradesh and 36th Statehood Day function at Yupia, about 21 km from the state capital Itanagar on Sunday as the chief guest.

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In his address, Sarma said, “I want to assure the people of Arunachal Pradesh that the Assam government will be ever ready to do whatever is needed to maintain the age-old relationship between the two neighbouring states.

While mentioning that “Recently, Assam government has settled boundary dispute with its Meghalaya counterpart by amicably sitting across the table”, he said.

“In the same line, I am meeting with Arunachal CM Pema Khandu continuously. I want to assure you all that from April onwards, we will get engaged in serious dialogue and every year, maximum Assam-Arunachal border disputes will be solved, and for this, we will try our best,” he said to the thunderous applause of the crowd.

“With the blessing and initiation from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, attempts are being made to solve the boundary issues in the North East states,” Dr Sarma, who is also the convenor of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), said.

Hailing the Central leadership, the Assam CM said, “Today, we are very blessed to have a government of which Prime Minister is Narendra Modi and Home Minister is Amit Shah.

Whenever we, the NE states chief ministers write to PM Modi and Home Minister, they used to ask us, in turn, why we should fight between ourselves rather than solve our problems on our own. They gave us directions to make the North East the country’s new growth engine. Hence, we, the NE Chief Ministers have taken the resolve to stand united to take NE identity the world over and make NE the most developed region of the country.

It may be mentioned here that the Chief Ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have, in the last part of January, had a meeting in Guwahati wherein they decided to ground level surveys on the boundary status and take the boundary settlement process forward.

“…We will sincerely work towards a permanent solution on this long pending issue,” Khandu had informed through his Twitter handle, while his Assam counterpart had tweeted, “Solving boundary issues with neighbours is our priority.”

Welcoming Kiren Rijiju’s induction as Cabinet minister for the first time from Arunachal Pradesh, Sarma said, this is not a matter of pride for Arunachal alone but the entire North East India. I would request Rijiju to take the mantle of NE leadership in Delhi. Before wrapping up his speech, Sarma wished Arunachal continue to march on the growth trajectory set by CM Khandu. 

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