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BJP and its ally, the CMs of Assam & Mizoram, argue on Twitter as boundary row festers 

While Assam is led by the BJP, Mizoram’s government is run by a coalition led by the Mizo National Front, an ally of the national party.

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New Delhi: The chief ministers of Assam and Mizoram — the former a member of the BJP, the latter an ally under the NDA — exchanged allegations on Twitter Monday amid tensions between the states over their border.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga of the Mizo National Front (MNF) both urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was in the Northeast over the weekend, to intervene and bring an immediate end to the crisis. 

The two states share a 164.6-km border between the Assamese districts of Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj, and Mizoram’s Kolasib, Mamit and Aizawl districts. 

The dispute, centred on the exact definition of the boundary, dates around 50 years back to the formation of Mizoram, which was first carved out of the erstwhile Assam state as a Union territory in 1972 before being made a full-fledged state in 1987. 

The latest round of tensions between the states flared up last month when Mizoram accused Assam Police of seizing an area named Aitlang hnar in Kolasib — located 5 km from the Vairengte village, which borders Assam. 

Allegations of intrusions from both sides have culminated in violence at the tense border, and this is what the two CMs sparred about on social media. The tiff came close on the heels of a meeting between Shah, on a two-day visit to Meghalaya over the weekend, and the chief ministers of the northeastern states. 

The home minister said Saturday the Centre is keen on resolving the boundary disputes between northeastern states. 

Also Read: All about Assam-Mizoram border dispute, which dates back 50 yrs & still remains unresolved

Twitter row

Zoramthanga shared a video clipping on Twitter Monday noon that purportedly showed police trying to control a group of men armed with sticks. Urging Shah to look into the matter, the CM said “this needs to be stopped now”.

In reply to the tweet, Assam Police alleged that “miscreants from Mizoram are indulging in stone-pelting” and attacking government officials from Assam stationed at Lailapur in Cachar district. 

Minutes later, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma shared another clip, and alleged that a Mizoram superintendent of police was asking Assam government officials to withdraw from their post, warning them that the violence by civilians won’t stop until they do. He tagged Zoramthanga in the tweet.

“Mizoram SP is asking us to withdraw from our post until then their civilians won’t listen nor stop violence. How can we run a government in such circumstances? Hope you will intervene at earliest,” Sarma said, tagging both Shah and the PM’s office. 

Zoramthanga then shared another video and said an innocent couple was “manhandled and ransacked by thugs and goons” on their way back to Mizoram via Cachar. 

He also hit back at Sarma’s allegation about the Mizoram SP, accusing Assam Police and civilians of “lathi-charging” and using “tear gas” on civilians at Vairengte Auto Rickshaw stand inside Mizoram. 

This, he said, comes as a “surprise” after “a cordial meeting of CMs with Amit Shah”. 

In his final tweet on the row, Sarma said he had spoken to his Mizoram counterpart, and “reiterated” that Assam would maintain status quo and peace. 

In response, the Mizoram CM called for Assam Police to “be instructed to withdraw from Vairengte for the safety of civilians”. 

(Edited by Sunanda Ranjan)

Also Read: Assam, Mizoram agree to resolve 11-day boundary stand-off after home ministry intervenes



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