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What is GoN’s border policy? RPP asks CM

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JULY 15: Rising People’s Party (RPP) has demanded Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to publicly counter his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma’s aggressive move to set up Assam police battalion camps ~ not mere police outposts ~ along Assam-Nagaland border.

“It’s important that as a leader, the CM assure the people of Nagaland that the land, lives and property of people living in border areas would be protected at all costs. The RPP also demands that the PDA Government bring out a White Paper (policy document) categorically making its stand clear on the border issue with clear actionable plans”, read a press release from the party on Thursday.
It pointed out that Mizoram Government has vowed to protect its boundary at all costs from undue aggression by Assam. “The Home Minister of Mizoram made a public statement that its State police personnel have been sent to the border areas to protect the territory of the State and to safeguard the lives and properties of the people living in the Mizoram-Assam border areas.”
According to RPP, Sarma’s “hawkish decision” to establish Assam police battalion camps, along the Disputed Area Belt (DAB), is against the spirit of good neighbourly relations.
“…and yet it was a political decision taken in the supposed interest of Assam. At the end of the day any leader is expected to uphold the interest of its land and people and Sarma’s unexpected announcement is no exception. The fact that this aggressive measure was announced before Home Minister Amit Shah’s scheduled meeting with all the CMs of the Northeast on the 17 July gives the impression that Sarma is not willing to budge on the niggling border issue vis-à-vis the neighbouring States”, it stated.

Against this aggressive posturing by Assam, the party questioned what is the border policy of Nagaland Government?
“Is the PDA Government ready to tackle the issue? To be fair on the present Government, the border dispute with Assam is not a recent issue. While the matter is still under judicial consideration in the Supreme Court, there have been numerous cases of border tensions, road and economic blockades against the State by elements from the neighbouring State”, it stated.
The party asserted that to resolve the Assam-Nagaland border issue is one of the core manifestos of RPP; and expressed solidarity with Naga people living in border areas.
(Page News Service)