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Sonowal meets Shah over NRC publication
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Aug 13 - With the Supreme Court firm on publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) within the deadline set by it, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal rushed to Delhi to seek additional forces.

The Chief Minister who arrived in the national capital on Monday evening met Union Home Minister, Amit Shah at his North Block Office. The prevailing situation was reviewed and the State Government is learnt to have sought additional Central Para-military forces to tackle the situation after publication of the final NRC.

Emerging from the meeting, the Chief Minister told newsmen that the Supreme Court has ordered publication of the final NRC on August 31 and to carry out the task peacefully both the Centre and State Government are working jointly.

“With the cooperation of the people of the State, the entire exercise was carried out peacefully. It was possible because the Centre also fully collaborated. To ensure that similar atmosphere prevails in the future also, the Union Home Minister assured us of full cooperation,” Sonowal added.

“We have also discussed about the flood situation in the State and the Centre assured us that all assistance would be provided. We are hopeful that people of Assam would continue its support and fully cooperate,” Sonowal said.

According to sources, the State Government wants the Centre to deploy around 200 companies of Central forces to prevent any untoward incidents.

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