To bring an official resolution regarding the border issue
To discuss the ongoing border issue between Assam and Mizoram, the Governor of Mizoram had a meeting with Prime Minister and Union Home Minister Amit Shah earlier this month.
Since Saturday, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has been in the capital along with his fellow BJP MPs from Assam.
On Monday, the Assam CM discussed matters regarding the Assam-Mizoram issue at hand with the Prime Minister at the parliament.
The party from Assam was supposed to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah with regards to the issue but hasn’t been able to do so due to unknown issues.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s clarifies his choice of words
According to reports from The Hindu, before he meets with the Prime Minister, the CM denies the statements that he made ‘provocative’ statements on the border issue.
Sarma says, “I spoke only after the killing of our policemen. If I do not speak for them, I would be letting them down. You must understand that Assam police have been fighting ULFA and other insurgencies for a long time. We cannot allow their morale to drop.”
Moreover, when he was asked whether he has a larger role to play in reconciliation as he is also the BJP pointsman for the entire Northeast, the Assam CM says that his priority is to protect the interest of Assam.
“I am the CM of Assam first, and I cannot sacrifice the interests of the State. We are in touch with Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. At some point, I will also speak to Mizoram CM, with whom I have a good personal relationship.”
Impractical problems with the 19th-century border demarcation
According to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, he believes that a proper resolution can be found between Assam and Mizoram despite the impractical demands by Mizoram following the return of the 19th-century border demarcation.
Historically, in 1875 and 1933 conflict broke out between communities on both sides which have been the root cause of all the disputes.
Recently, on July 26, six policemen and a bystander have been killed in a police clash between the two states from the issue.