Assam is in a political flux after two recent exercises—the updated national register of citizens this summer and the citizenship amendment bill, which endorses non-Muslim minority immigrants from Bangladesh as Indian citizens.
The celebrations in Assam and other northeastern states took place despite a boycott call given by eight militant outfits in the region, including the anti-talk faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) and six outfits of Manipur under the Corcom banner.
The apex court asked chief secretary of Assam government, secretary of Election Commission and the NRC coordinator in the state to hold a meeting to decide how the officials have to be accommodated for the two exercises.
Amid protests in Assam over the Centre’s decision to go ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that if the bill is not passed, Assam will go the “Jinnah way”.
Shah was speaking at a booth workers' rally at Silvassa, where he also appealed to the people to give one more chance to the two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs from the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.