Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Thursday said the state government is keen to find an amicable solution to the long pending boundary dispute with Assam before the 50th year of statehood celebrations on January 21.
“It is our wish from the state government of Meghalaya (to resolve the dispute within January 21, since it is a day when we will be) celebrating the golden jubilee of our statehood,” Tynsong told journalists.
This came a day after the chief minister’s level talk on inter-state boundary between Meghalaya and Assam was held at Guwahati in an attempt to arrive at a final agreement to resolve the dispute in at least six of the twelve areas of difference shared between the two states.
“(However), this is not only our wish as both the chief ministers – Conrad K Sangma and Himanta Biswa Sarma – have to again sit down to discuss all details after receiving the detailed reports from both the state governments,” Tynsong said.
He informed that during yesterday’s meeting, both the state governments have been asked to prepare and submit detailed comprehensive reports to the respective chief ministers within three days time.
“Once the reports are submitted, again both the chief ministers will sit down for final agreement,” he said while further adding “And thereafter, they (Conrad and Himanta) will fly over to Delhi for briefing and discussing with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Thereafter, they will come back and declare (or make public the final agreement).”
Asked what if border residents reject the recommendations of the two governments, the deputy chief minister however said there is no need to preempt right now.
“We can’t say…if they reject or accept, I think that question will come at a later stage. Right now let us hope for the best and I am very sure it will be positive for both the states,” he added.