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If voted to power, will scrap border deal with Assam: Meghalaya TMC leader

Voicing concern on “large-scale harassment of Garo villagers” whose land has been aligned with Assam based on the Memorandum of Understanding, Sangma said.

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Shillong: Leader of Opposition in the Meghalaya Assembly and senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader, Dr. Mukul Sangma has said that his party will scrap the border agreement between Meghalaya and Assam that was signed recently if voted to power next year.

“Whatever discussions have taken place between the two governments is not in sync with the expected line of agreement. Whatever has been decided in the bilateral discussion and the subsequent agreement, it is not acceptable to the people of the state,” he told reporters at Rongjeng in East Garo Hills district on Tuesday.

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“When people are not accepting this, then why is it imposed upon our people? It is incumbent as politicians and members of the party to defend our people. Therefore, we stand committed to seeing that it is undone if we are voted to power,” the former Chief Minister said.

Voicing concern on “large-scale harassment of Garo villagers” whose land has been aligned with Assam based on the Memorandum of Understanding, Sangma said.

“This is highly condemnable and has to stop. I am being blunt when I say that the present (Meghalaya) government is being a puppet to the Assam government and Assam has all rights to
be happy due to what happened. Are they now trying to pressurize the affected villages? They cannot indulge in atrocities against our villagers,” the TMC legislator said.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma have ruled out revisiting the boundary agreement signed on March 29, 2022.

The agreement partially resolved a 50-year-old border dispute in six of the 12 sectors along their 885-km boundary.

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