Shillong: Meghalaya Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh, who is also president of the United Democratic Party), the major constituent of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), has maintained that political parties should shun playing politics when the State government is making efforts to resolve the vexed boundary dispute with Assam.
“Any decision to resolve the border dispute with Assam, we must take the stakeholders into confidence for an amicable solution,” Lyngdoh said while reacting to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswas Sarma’s suggestion for a give-and-take policy to resolve the dispute.
Lyngdoh, who had a breakfast meeting with Sarma on Monday, wondered why previous Chief Ministers after making several attempts to resolve the boundary dispute failed to bring a solution to the inter-state boundary dispute.
“I do not know why there has been no solution to this. That’s why I said that everybody has to be taken on board,” Lyngdoh said.
“Let’s not play politics anymore. This is the real issue of the State. We have to put all sincere efforts to see the light of the day as far as the border issue is concerned,” he said, adding that everybody was looking forward to see that this problem is solved once and for all.
Assam and Meghalaya have at least 12 areas where there are boundary disputes among themselves and both states have adopted a policy in which one state cannot carry out developmental activities without informing others.
The dispute has been there since 1972 after Meghalaya was carved out of Assam as a separate state.