Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga has said that the issues of border disputes among the Northeast states is a legacy of the colonial era.
“The border disputes between the states of the North-east region are a legacy of the colonial era that the present government inherited from its predecessor which has been left unresolved at the time of the formation of States like Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram,” Zoramthanga said while speaking to news agency ANI.
Notably, Mizoram CM Zoramthanga had raised the issue of border dispute of the state with Assam during the meeting of Northeast CMs with union home minister Amit Shah in Shillong, Meghalaya.
Zoramthanga, during the meeting, claimed that the area claimed by Assam is resided by people from Mizoram for more than a century.
“The large tract of areas claimed by Assam to be within its constitutional boundary has been used for collection of forest producers and for shifting and settled cultivation for the past 100 plus years by the people of Mizoram,” he said.
“Assam started claiming these areas only fairly recently due to population pressure apparently caused by the large-scale influx of migrants from outside Barak valley,” Zoramthanga added.
Zoramthanga also raise the issue of Myanmar refugee crisis during the meeting.
He said that the Mizoram Government would continue to provide relief to the refugees from Myanmar taking shelter in the state on “humanitarian grounds”.