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MNP not in favour of Assam ministers to visit Aizawl to solve boder dispute

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Guwahati, Sept 25: As Mizoram gears up for assembly elections, the long-standing border dispute between Assam and Mizoram will be resolved very soon.

The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) is not in favour of a proposal from the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in Assam to send a group of ministers to Aizawl to form a “regional committee” for addressing the issue.

However, due to the impending polls, Mizoram now wants to put the matter in the slow lane.

Assam’s proposal came amid a persistent push from the MNF, which is a part of the National Democratic Alliance partner (NDA), to resume talks on the border issue, which has led to violent clashes like the one between police forces of the two states in July 2021 that reportedly claimed seven lives, including that of a civilian.

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Mizoram also feels that instead of forming a fresh committee, talks should be held at the secretary-level to “thrash out conflicting views and differences,” according to its home department’s letter dated 20 September to Assam.

Mizoram shares a 164.6 km long inter-state border with Assam. The border dispute between the two states is a long-standing issue, which has remained unresolved till now.

Mizoram was part of Assam until 1972 when it was carved out as a union territory. The border dispute mainly came out of two colonial notifications- the inner line reserve forest notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) in 1875 and the boundary indicated in Survey of India’s map in 1933.

While Mizoram claimed the 509 square miles stretch of the inner line reserve forest as its actual boundary, Assam said the 1933 boundary was its constitutional boundary.

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