Assam CM to meet PM Modi over Assam-Mizoram border issue

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Monday to discuss the Assam-Mizoram border issue. The Assam Chief Minister, accompanied by BJP MPs from Assam, is likely to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the border dispute with the neighboring state Mizoram.

The two states in a joint statement agreed to take forward the initiatives taken by Union Home Ministry and the respective state CMs to find an amicable solution to the border conflict via discussions and ease the tensions prevailing around the inter-state border. Sarma, who is in New Delhi since Saturday, was unable to meet Shah earlier due to some reasons. Sources also said that the Assam Chief Minister also held one-on-one meetings with the state’s BJP MPs on Sunday. However, the two states in a joint statement agreed to take forward the Centre’s initiative of letting neutral forces patrol the disputed areas of the inter-state border for maintaining peace. All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal, who is currently in the national capital, said he will be meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the encroachments into Assam by other northeastern states. Last month, tensions heightened between Mizoram and Assam over the boundary dispute after six Assam policemen and one civilian were killed in a fierce gun battle between two states on July 26.