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Himanta Biswa Sarma bats for United Northeast India

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma batted for United Northeast India with a common tourism circuit, taxation and a separate time zone.

Sarma said that the Parliament of India has the right to alter the boundary of the states and MoU inked with Meghalaya on Tuesday was executive action.

Sarma on Wednesday told the Assembly that Parliament would be taking a final call in the matter. “What we have done so far is executive action. What we signed is not final, Parliament will take a final decision after discussion.”

He added, “Discussion is needed in the House in the matter, but not today. Of the 36.79 sq km area taken up for resolution in the first phase, Assam will get 18.46 sq km and Meghalaya 18.33 sq km as per the agreement between the two chief ministers.”

Union Home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that Assam and Meghalaya has inked an agreement to resolve dispute in six places and these places roughly account 70 percent of border dispute between the two states and the remaining area of dispute at six places will be resolved soon.

Shah was there when Assam and Meghalaya inked Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi. He said, “Today is the historic day for the conflict less Northeast India. Since 2014, Prime minister Narendra Modi has wanted peace, development, prosperity and cultural protection and several initiatives have been taken in this regard.”

Sarma said that in the next six to seven months disputes in the remaining six other disputed sites will be resolved and a roadmap is ready. ” With Arunachal Pradesh we will settle border disputes and a roadmap is ready to settle disputes which include 122 villages. We have started working in this direction. We have also started talks to resolve the dispute with Nagaland. ”

He added that the other states in India which have border disputes want to replicate the Assam-Meghalaya model. “This has paved the way for United Northeast India. We can have a common tourism circuit, taxation and time zone as the Sun rises early here and our biological clock starts working accordingly.”

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