The Assam government has issued a travel advisory for state residents asking them to avoid travelling to Mizoram amid a border dispute between the neighbouring states.
“Given the critical prevailing situation, the people of Assam are advised not to travel to Mizoram as any threat to the personal safety of people of Assam cannot be accepted,” said the advisory issued by MS Manivannan, Commissioner and secretary, Home and political department.
The Assam government also asked the people of Assam, staying in Mizoram due to work-related compulsion, to “exercise utmost caution”.
The government noted that these advisories will come into force with immediate effect and be given publicity for wider public knowledge and adherence.
Meanwhile, Assam police also issued a notification saying that in order to check trafficking of illicit drugs, all incoming vehicles from Mizoram will be thoroughly checked at all the entry points along the Assam Mizoram border.
ReaCting to the Assam Government move, Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala cited the Assam government’s travel advisory and questioned whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah should continue to hold their posts.
“Most embarrassing day in the history of the country! When the countrymen are unable to move from one province to another, do the Chief Minister and Home Minister have the right to continue in their posts? If Modi is there then this is possible!” he said.
देश के इतिहास में सबसे शर्मसार करने वाला दिन!
जब देशवासी एक प्रांत से दूसरे प्रांत में न जा पाएँ, तो क्या मुख्यमंत्री और गृहमंत्री को अपने पद पर बने रहने का अधिकार है?
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) July 29, 2021
Priyanka Chaturvedi, Shiv Sena ,Rajya Sabha MP, too slammed the travel advisory issued by the Assam government in a tweet
Assam perhaps becomes the first state government in the history of Independent India to issue a travel advisory to its residents, advising them not to travel to a neighbouring state. Earlier the economic blockade and now this. Sad.
Will HM continue to be a mute spectator? pic.twitter.com/YKvI9n0Rwz
— Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@priyankac19) July 29, 2021