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Two Assam ministers will visit Mizoram on Thursday to discuss the inter-state border issue. Their visit comes a few days after the violence along the Assam-Mizoram border.

In aid of an early amicable resolution, two cabinet ministers of Assam government, Ashok Singhal and Atul Bora, will visit Aizawl on Thursday for a meaningful dialogue with the Mizoram government.

Assam Irrigation minister Ashok Singhal told India Today TV the issue must be settled amicably on the table.

“The ongoing tension along the inter-state border must recede. We think that the discussion will bring all solutions. We are hopeful,” Ashok Singhal said.

The Assam minister further added the situation along the Assam-Mizoram border is normal at present.

“All things are now normal and we expect all things will be good. There is no economic blockade in Assam against Mizoram,” said Ashok Singhal.

WHAT MIZORAM CM SAID

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said that important steps will be achieved for the solution of the border problem during tomorrow’s meet between the representatives of both Assam and Mizoram governments.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted: “Tomorrow the 5th of August, 2021 representatives from #Assam Govt. led by senior Minister will meet representatives of #Mizoram Govt. led by senior Minister. I am sure important steps will be achieved for the solution of the border problem.”

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also tweeted: “Two of my senior colleagues @ATULBORA2 and @TheAshokSinghal will visit Aizawl tomorrow with message of peace from people of Assam.”

Six Assam Police personnel were killed and 50 others wounded in the violent incident, which took place in the dispute area between Assam’s Lailapur and Mizoram’s Vairengte, on July 26.

DEMAND FOR HIGH-LEVEL PROBE

On the other hand, Assam Congress has demanded a high-level probe by a neutral agency of the Union government.

Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, who represents Karimganj North constituency in Barak Valley said: “After the incident, we have demanded the National Investigation Agency (NIA) should probe into the incident.”

“If there is a thorough inquiry of the incident by any central agency, then the truth will come out,” Kamalakhya Dey Purakayastha said.

The Congress MLA further said that the Assam Chief Minister, who is also the Convenor of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), has totally failed to make coordination with the neighbouring states Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh.

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“The Assam Chief Minister is also the Convenor of NEDA, but the way he had to keep in coordination with the Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal governments, it did not happen. The way violence happened on that day, it felt like two enemy countries were fighting against each other. Why was this type of situation created,” said Kamalakhya Dey Purakayastha.

Debabrata Saikia, leader of the Congress Legislative Party said that the Assam chief minister earlier said that he will ask NIA or some other agency to investigate, but he does not know why the case against Mizoram MP was withdrawn.

“The Mizoram MP was telling something which is very much unconstitutional. He should have been asked why he had said such things. But I don’t know why the case was withdrawn. But one thing is that, they are compromising with the interest of Assam. These should be probed by some judicial commission,” Debabrata Saikia said.

Courtesy – IndiaToday

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