The state government on Monday convened an all-party meeting to share the different conclusions of the regional committees formed to settle the Meghalaya-Assam boundary dispute in six areas of differences and the memorandum of understanding signed between the two states, which was submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed that he shared micro details of the reports with the leaders of different political parties present at the meeting.
He said that the leaders of the political parties wanted a “black and white” copy of the memorandum of understanding that was submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The chief minister said that he made it clear to the leaders of the various political parties that there were some complications in certain areas. “We explained why in those areas decision had to be made in those lines and after it was given they have understood more or less what the reasons were,” the he said. Sangma also said that the government pressed on the fact that
there were certain principles and yardsticks and on those basis it moved forward in those areas.
“We cannot just simply go ahead and in the other areas which where it doesn’t suit us we have applied different yardsticks. Once a principle has been applied in one area then we have to make sure that the same standard continues in different areas also,” the chief minister said.
He also said that the government tried to clarify most of the issues and concerns that the political parties had.
Meanwhile, HSPDP which is a partner in the MDA government, stated that the agreement in the six areas of difference between the two states was made through mutual understanding by making joint spot visits.
“As per the report I feel that there is no loss or to say we are on losing ground,” HSPDP president KP Pangniang said.
Pangniang said that all those areas inhabited by the indigenous tribes have been recommended to be with Meghalaya.