Youth Congress presidents from six north eastern states on Monday sought the intervention of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for solving the inter-state boundary disputes in the region.
A joint memorandum was submitted to Modi by Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Geli Eti, Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress president Mahananda Nungleppam,
Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress president Richard Mrong Marak, Mizoram Pradesh Youth Congress president Dr. Lalmalsawma Nghaka, Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress president Limayangba Longkumer and Tripura Youth Congress president Pujan Biswas.
This came in the wake of the recent unfortunate clashes between the Assam police and the Mizoram police in the fringe territories of Mizoram and recent incidents at the Meghalaya – Assam and Nagaland – Assam borders.
“…bearing in mind the long-standing border disputes the states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have with Assam, we urge the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to settle and resolve the boundary disputes on a high priority basis,” the memorandum said.
It stated that the historical and cultural sensitivities of the North Eastern communities cannot be lost sight of and must have a meaningful bearing on settlement process.
“We sincerely believe that interim measures will no longer serve any purpose and as this contiguous issue is one of the major factor in dislocating peace and harmony in the region which can be exploited by the enemies of the nation/vested interest to create discord and hatred amongst communities with dangerous ramifications on the very interests of national integration,” the memorandum added.
The Congress youth presidents said that they are looking forward for immediate and effective intervention of the PM keeping in mind the importance of protecting the diverse cultural, traditional and historical interests of the people of the states.