Meghalaya wants commission to solve border dispute with Assam

To settle the long border dispute with Assam, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has now sought the constitution of a boundary commission.

Earlier, he and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had favoured a mutual agreement.

Mukul met Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at the national capital yesterday and urged him to expedite the constitution of a Boundary Commission to "re-examine and re-define the inter-state boundary between Meghalaya and Assam" in line with the all party committee recommendation last year.

Mukul also handed over a letter to Shinde where he sought a feedback from the ministry on a resolution which was adopted for the purpose last year.

The chief minister said various efforts have been made to find an amicable solution to this vexed issue but was left without any tangible outcome.

"This has caused immense hardship to the people living along the border and has also led to violent incidents at times," Mukul said.

Assam legislators had voted against the constitution of such a commission in the last budget session citing that a previous commission's report was rejected by Meghalaya since it was "not" in their favour.