A senior BJP leader, who does not want to be named, told ET, “Shah during his visit is expected meet chief ministers of Northeast India and boundary issue is likely to be discussed.”
Recently, Assam and Mizoram were caught in a boundary row and movement of trucks to Mizoram was stopped for several days. Union home ministry had to intervene to break the stalemate.
Last year Shah declared that as NEDA fulfilled its political agenda, the forum will focus on solving the interstates border dispute, fighting drug menace.
NEDA is a platform of non-congress parties. Shah earlier, “When we could resolve the boundaryissue with Bangladesh, why can’t states of the North East resolve their inter-state boundarydisputes? We are not different countries. We are states of the same country and we are all members of NEDA. It is the right platform and right time to resolve all such pending issues for the North East to develop as a whole.”
The visit has assumed significance as the those groups opposed to Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has restarted the agitation programme which was suspended following COVID-19 pandemic in March this year.
Assam witnessed bitter protest last year when CAA, which aims to make minority communities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible to apply for Indian citizenship, was passed by the parliament. Five people were killed in the violent protests.
All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) promoted new regional political party Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) on Wednesday announced formal launch in a convention in Sibsagar. Opposition to CAA is the major political plank of the new party.
Panda told media persons that he has come to attend several programmes of party.
Panda attended farmers meeting besides he will hold meeting with different district units and cells of the party and assess party’s preparation for next year’s assembly polls.
The party is also likely to soon take up the issue of seat sharing with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and other parties.
Ruling BJP in Assam is targeting to win 100 plus seats in the assembly polls slated for early next year. BJP has 61 MLAs while its allies AGP and Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) had won 14 and 12 seats respectively in assembly polls in 2016.