NPP seeks solution to boundary dispute

ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Expressing concern over the recent eviction drive carried out by Assam officials in Dollungmukh, the state unit of the National People’s Party (NPP) has accused the governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh of being ‘mute spectators’ while such evictions have deteriorated the age-old relations of the people living along the interstate boundary.
‘Assam and Arunachal Pradesh were ruled by the Congress for a long time when the party was in power at the Centre, but no tangible step was taken to find an acceptable solution, except resorting to judicial remedy,’ the party stated in a press release on Wednesday.
Now that the BJP is ruling at the Centre as well as in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, it offers a golden opportunity to find a lasting solution to the issue, the NPP said.
It said if a solution to the boundary dispute were to be reached at the initiative of the two state governments now, it would endear the North-East Democratic Alliance to the people, ‘which the party could cash in on in the next general elections in 2019.’
‘There are seasoned politicians under the NDA who should realize the gravity of the issue and move tactfully faster to solve the issue,’ it added.