Meghalaya: VPP party to review border pact with Assam if voted to power

Guwahati: A new political party in Meghalaya called The Voice of the People pledged to review the interstate boundary MoU that had been signed with Assam in its manifesto.

Moreover, the manifesto promised to eradicate corruption in the state if elected in the assembly election on February 27.

“The party will root out corruption and would also institute CBI inquiry into the alleged scams and excesses of the National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government”, it said. 

Former Meghalaya MLA Ardent Basaiawmoit founded The Voice of People (VPP).

Basaiawmoit, releasing the party’s manifesto, stated that the VPP will examine the interstate boundary border deal reached with Assam last year and would pressure the Indian government to subject the state to the special safeguards of Article 371 of the Indian Constitution.

“In order to safeguard the indigenous tribal cultures and customs, the party is committed to pursue and pressurise the Government of India for extension of the special protective provisions for the state of Meghalaya under Article 371 of the Constitution of India,” the manifesto said.

The VPP is contesting for 18 of the 60 seats in the Meghalaya Assembly.

The party pledged in its manifesto to enforce strict compliance with the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and to pursue the Centre on the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in order to control the influx of non-indigenous persons into the state.

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