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Full Demarcation of Assam-Mizoram Border Needed as Durable Solution: BJP Leader Kikon

While the BJP is in power in Assam, Mizo National Front, a member of the saffron party-led North-East Democratic Alliance (NEA) rules the bordering state, emotions have been running high on both sides following the skirmish.

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Mizoram BJP Leader Mmhonlumo Kikon said clear border demarcaction will solve the dispute between Assam and Mizoram on July 27, 2021. (Source: @MmhonlumoKikon/Twitter)

New Delhi: Amidst escalating border dispute between Assam and Mizoram while their respective Chief Ministers are embroiled in war or words, BJP leader Mmhonlumo Kikon, an MLA in the Nagaland Assembly and his party’s in-charge for Mizoram, on Tuesday pitched for full demarcation of the border between Assam and Mizoram as a durable solution to the dispute between the two states.

His comments came a day after at least five Assam Police personnel were killed and more than 60 people, including an SP, were injured as the festering border dispute between the two northeastern states erupted into a bloody conflict. Meanwhile, Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana on Monday claimed that around 200 Assam Police personnel forcibly crossed duty post and said that the inter-state border issue with Assam should be resolved soon.

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With Home Minister Amit Shah stepping in to resolve the crisis, Kikon expressed hope that a solution to the crisis will soon be found.

Peace must prevail on the border, there should be a dialogue between the two states and their borders should be fully demarcated, he said, when asked about the likely solution to the dispute.

While the BJP is in power in Assam, Mizo National Front, a member of the saffron party-led North-East Democratic Alliance (NEA) rules the bordering state. The Central Reserve Police Force deployed two companies of CRPF (one from 119 Battalion in Assam and the other from 225 Battalion in Mizoram) at Lailapur-Vairengte disputed site between Assam and Mizoram, after clashes yesterday.

While the two parties being allies should help resolve the matter, party sources said emotions have been running high on both sides following the skirmish, and that a lot will depend on how the central government uses its agency to calm things down and push both states towards a durable solution.

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“All parties in the two states have hardened their positions along the regional lines,” a source pointed out, adding that the crisis had been flaring up for some time before it escalated into violence on Monday.

Shah has spoken to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga and urged them to ensure peace along the disputed border and find an amicable settlement.

BJP general secretary Dilip Saikia, a Lok Sabha MP from Assam, said earlier on Tuesday that the Mizoram government should apologise to the Assam government and Assamese people for the death of five police personnel.

(With inputs from PTI)