PM Modi meets BJP MPs from northeastern states, including Union ministers Kiren Rijuju, Pratima Bhoumik and Sarbananda Sonowal. (Credits: Twitter)
NEW DELHI: BJP MPs from the north eastern states met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and submitted a memorandum complaining against “attempts by a section of politicians led by Congress” in politicizing the Assam-Mizoram border dispute.
In a memorandum given to Modi, by a delegation comprising 16 BJP MPs said that they “We, like our fellow Indians, are extremely pained by the violence that took place on the Assam-Mizoram border. At the same time, we would like to express our clear disapproval of the attempt by sections led by the Congress party to indulge in politics over these happenings and use this as a means to indulge in one-upmanship.”
The memorandum on various issues pertaining to the region including the border row further read, "A series of confidence-building measures have been taken over last few days by Assam and Mizoram governments, yet actions of Congress remains devious and mischievous.”
They further said in their memorandum that successive Congress governments have failed to do justice to the dreams of the region. "Former Prime Ministers Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were not sensitive to aspirations of Mizo and Naga communities," the memorandum said.
"The Naga-accord, Bodo accord, Bru Reang moved towards peaceful resolutions. Northeast is home to infrastructures like Bogibeel bridge and Dhola Sadiya bridge. Insurgency and violence have been reduced. On the contrary, Congress has no regard for the culture of the Northeast,” it said.
"Today North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) is looking after the inclusive development of north eastern states. Unable to digest this, Congress and its ecosystem is trying dirty tricks. In 2018 they tried to make CAA and NRC a political issue, but the people of the north east gave them a befitting reply. Today they are trying to stoke tempers between Assam and Mizoram," the BJP MPs alleged.
On July 26, a long standing border dispute between the two states escalated and a fierce gun battle between forces of the two states resulted in the death of six Assam police personnel and one civilian. At least 50 people were injured in the incident. This was followed by hostile exchanges on social media between Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and Mizoram government registering an FIR against Sarma, imanta Biswa Sarma, while the Assam police tried to arrest a Mizo MP who was in Delhi.