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Talks pill to resolve dispute

- Tasa moots out-of-court option for neighbours

Jorhat, June 23: The newly elected Jorhat Lok Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa today mooted an out-of-court settlement as an option to resolve the age-old dispute between Assam and Nagaland.

He said he would urge the Centre to organise bilateral talks between the neighbouring states to discuss the issue.

Tasa also announced launching of a crusade against “rampant corruption” prevailing in his constituency covering Jorhat and Sivasagar districts.

Addressing reporters here today, the BJP MP said trying to find an end to the border row between the two states would be one of his priorities.

Tasa said during his visits to the inter-state border areas, he witnessed that people live a life of uncertainty and insecurity fearing violence because of sporadic incidents of attacks, clashes, extortion demands to farmers of Assam by troublemakers from the neighbouring state. “There have been killings and destruction of houses in the border areas (Assam side) and people want an end to the problem.”

He said launching movements such as imposing economic blockades against Nagaland and stopping of plying of vehicles between both the states by various organisations paralyses normal life on both sides of the boundary.

Tasa said at present the case relating to the border impasse was going on in the Supreme Court which appointed a commission to study the issue.

“I will urge the Centre to start a dialogue between the chief ministers of Assam and Nagaland to find out a way to solve the border issue,” Tasa said.

Assam and Nagaland share a 400km boundary, of which about 200km falls within Jorhat and Sivasagar districts.

Since Nagaland was carved out of Assam in 1963, the new state has been raising objection to the boundary demarcation stating more areas within Assam territory belonged to Nagas, the claim which Assam has been denying vehemently.

Stating that the BJP was voted to power at the Centre on the promise of providing a clean and corruption-free government, Tasa said he would start a campaign against corruption prevalent in all spheres of government departments in his constituency.

“Our campaign will be against corruption at all levels of government.”

Tasa said he would ask the Union ministries concerned to ask for detailed reports of utilisation of central funds in his constituency as he had received a large number of written complaints of financial irregularities.

In a lighter vein, Tasa said he would suggest the setting up of a special black-coloured jail to keep persons charged with corruption. He said 14 persons have been arrested in recent times from Titabar (Tarun Gogoi’s seat) for allegedly committing financial anomalies in the gaon panchayats.