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From the Archives (April 27, 1968): Decision on Assam not likely now

The current negotiations between the Centre, the Assam Congress, and the Hill leaders are not likely to assume final shape till after the current session of Parliament. This was the indication after a brief meeting between the Union Home Minister, Mr. Y.B. Chavan, and Mr. Williamson Sangma, President of the All-Party Hill Leaders’ Conference. Mr. Sangma is understood to have urged that a solution be found for this problem soon, preferably before Parliament adjourned. Mr. Sangma will meet the Prime Minister in a day or two to press his case for an early decision. He will also call on Mr. Chavan again. Despite Mr. Sangma’s plea, it seems unlikely that the Union Government would be in a position to reach finality about the reorganisation of Assam within the next two or three weeks. Both Assam Chief Minister Mr. B.P. Chaliha, and Mr. K.P. Tripathi, Industry Minister of the State, have left for Shilong. The Assam Congress leaders are reported to be not in favour of the new suggestion to make the Hill areas a Union Territory.

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