Assam BJP slams Congress over border disputes with its neighbouring state
Guwahati, July 29: The ruling BJP in Assam on Thursday blamed the previous Congress governments for the state's long-pending boundary disputes with its neighbours, and said that the grand old party had adopted an escapist attitude to avoid contentious matters.
The Congress, however, shot back, seeking to know what the BJP governments at the Centre and the state have done over the past few years to resolve the issue.
Addressing a press conference here, BJP state spokesperson Pabitra Marghetria said the conflict between Assam and its neighbouring states over interstate borders are a creation of the Congress.
He alleged that several lakh hectares of Assam territory have been encroached over the years by the bordering states as the Congress, which was in power for most of the time since Independence, had adopted an "escapist attitude" to avoid such issues of concern.
"There are numerous instances where people of our state residing in the border areas lost their lives and property due to aggression by neighbouring states but the Congress didn't do much about it," Margherita stated.
He further claimed that the present Himanta Biswa Sarma-led state government, which took charge in May, has, however, ensured that not an inch of Assam land gets lost.
Six Assam police personnel and a civilian were killed and over 50 injured during a bloody border clash between Assam and Mizoram on July 26 Margherita further accused the grand old party leaders of Mizoram of playing a part in promoting Twitter hashtag '#ShameonAssam', which was trending on the microblogging site on Wednesday, and said, "The Congress leaders of the state, including its president Bhupen Bora, should seek forgiveness from common people for this."
He praised Sarma for "efficiently" handling the border tension with Mizoram. "The Mizoram government had to sign an agreement over the border dispute on Wednesday after initial resistance, and this is a victory for the chief minister," Margherita added.