Shillong: Leader of Opposition and former chief minister, Mukul Sangma has questioned whether the modalities adopted by the Meghalaya and Assam governments to resolve the boundary dispute are being accepted by the stakeholders.
He was responding to a query on the decision of the two states to start the second phase of border talks for resolving the remaining six areas of differences.
“If they (stakeholders) have not accepted, what are they trying to do? Are they trying to bulldoze and impose?” he further asked, while adding, “In which case the people will continue to protest.”
“The political parties will still continue to reject because we as a political party and the elected representatives are duty bound to speak on behalf of the voiceless on behalf of the victims, on behalf of the people who are adversely affected by any decision of the government. This is our responsibility,” he added.
He said that earlier engagements of both the governments pertaining to the six areas of differences and the exercise adopted to resolve itself are under question.
Sangma then said that the expected lines of response is that when there are voices reflecting the concerns of the people it is incumbent upon every government to take cognizance of those concerns and dwell upon those things and resolve those issues.