Sending out a congratulatory message to Tarun Gogoi and the Congress party in Assam for the thumping victory in the recent Assembly elections, the Mizoram Chief Minister said the issue of boundary dispute will be resolved in the negotiating table.
“I have full confidence that the boundary issue with Assam will be resolved soon with the forming of a new Ministry in Assam. Negotiation is necessary for this purpose for which a Commission will be set up very soon,” said Lal Thanhawla.
The boundary dispute with Assam had become complicated after the Mizoram Peace Accord was signed in 1986. Mizoram accuses Assam of encroaching its land near Bairabi railway station in Kolasib district bordering Assam.
Mizoram students bodies such as Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) and MSU have raised their voices demanding that the inter-State boundary between Mizoram and Assam be demarcated in accordance with the notification issued in 1875 under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act, 1873. MZP also urged the State Government to deploy more police personnel to effectively guard the border.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister had attended Rongali Bihu which was celebrated with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm in Aizawl on Saturday last, official sources revealed.
Speaking on the occasion, the Mizoram Chief Minister said that of all the festivals that he had seen in the country, Bihu is one of the best and hilarious festivals endowed with amazing joy and flavor.
He said that Assam is the ‘mother’ of almost all the States of the NE.
“We, therefore, all have a deep sense of belonging in one way or the other. We hope Assam and its people also share this sentiment”, the Mizoram Chief Minister added.
Newmai News Network