The opposition AITC has reiterated its demand for the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government to scrap the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Assam.
Referring to the Meghalaya High Court had directed that no physical demarcation and erection of boundary posts on the ground in Assam-Meghalaya border till February 6, next year, Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma said that this very development must be an ‘eye opener’ for the people in government.
He also congratulated the petitioners who filed a petition seeking a stay to the operation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Assam and Meghalaya on March 29.
“Therefore, let us wait and see whether they (Govt) find reason to engage in course correction in the best interest of our people who are affected and please remember when we say people are affected means we are all affected because the state is affected,” the AITC leader said.
Asked if his party would demand the government to scrap the MoU, Sangma said, “The course correction revolves around that only.”
He said, “We have asked the government on a number of occasions even inside the house that the manner in which the approach is being embarked upon this whole engagement with our counterpart was completely wrong and therefore, everything will go wrong.”
He stated that this is the first time that the people of the state are compelled to fight against their own government because it is the duty of the government to protect the interest of the people.
“And therefore, if people have to assume upon themselves the responsibility of protecting the interest of our people then what can be more painful than this. Therefore, we will look as to how the whole thing unfolds in the days to come because the hearing has overall the stand of the petitioners that the state should be asked not to proceed further,” Sangma said.
Further, the former chief minister said that there was a complete reflection of the lack of in-depth understanding about the issues pertaining to these 12 areas of difference along the Assam-Meghalaya border. “Therefore, we have said please try to have an in-depth understanding about the whole complexity of the whole problem associated with this issue and then only embark upon this whole engagement and discussion and the proposed solutions,” he said.