Mr Roy says will urge Assam govt to discuss Langpih

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Shillong, June 9 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy today said he would urge his counterpart Tarun Gogoi to discuss the border dispute, even as the Assam government had made it clear that Langpih was ''non-negotiable''.

The Langpih village, bordering Kamrup district of Assam, has been in the limelight in the recent weeks, ever since Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma laid the foundation stone of a Health Sub-Centre, Inspection Bungalow and residential quarters for Forest Guards at Langpih on May 31.

Mr Gogoi had reciprocated Dr Roy's offer to restart talks and has fixed June 11 to discuss the vexed inter-state boundary dispute between the two states, barring Langpih.

Yesterday, Assam government spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma said Mr Gogoi had told his Meghalaya counterpart that the ''matter (Langpih) needs no further discussion since it has been established that Langpih belongs to Assam.'' Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam.

''We will force them to talk on Langpih, even if they are not interested. Langpih is ours constitutionally and we will raise our voice on June 11,'' Dr Roy said.

Accusing the Assam government of politicising Langpih, Dr Roy said, ''It appears that they want to politicise the issue, but we will ensure that we won't politicise it as, we don't want to score any brownie points from it.

''Langpih belongs to us and we have documents to ascertain it,'' he said.

Meghalaya's claim is based on revenue records dating back to 1876.

Assam has a dispute with Arunachal Pradesh over the boundary of forest land.

Another neighbouring state, Nagaland, has similar dispute with Assam and security forces have been deployed in a large area of Upper Assam's Golaghat district adjoining Nagaland for maintaining status quo in the disputed areas.


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