The most important factor that led to the princes` decision to decide on India was the politics of the Congress, and in particular patel and Menon. The stated position of Congress was that princely states are not sovereign entities and as such they could not choose to be independent, regardless of the end of the priority. The princely states must therefore join either India or Pakistan.  In July 1946, Nehru noted sharply that no princely state could impose itself militarily against the army of independent India.  In January 1947, he said that independent India would not accept the divine right of kings, and in May 1947 he declared that any princely state refusing to join the Constituent Assembly would be treated as an enemy state.  Other congressional leaders such as C. It was adopted de facto on 14 August 1949 and on 2 August India was ceded de jure on 1 May 1950 to India.  However, in the other enclaves, the pro-French camp, led by Edouard Goubert, used the administrative apparatus to suppress groups of beneficiaries of the merger. Popular discontent grew, and in 1954 protests in Yanam and Mahe led the fusion groups to take power. A referendum in Pondicherry and Karaikal in October 1954 resulted in a vote in favour of the merger, and on 1 November 1954 de facto control of the four enclaves was transferred to the Republic of India. A treaty of cession was signed in May 1956 and, after ratification by the French National Assembly in May 1962, control of the enclaves was also conferred de jure.
 A second type of “merger” agreements has been requested by larger states along sensitive border areas: kutch in western India, Tripura and Manipur in northeast Asia. They were not registered in other states, but were maintained as provinces of the main commissioners under the control of the central government. Bhopal, whose leader was proud of the effectiveness of his government and feared that it would lose its identity if it merged with the Maratha Countries, which were its neighbors, also became a province managed directly by the chief, as did Bilaspur, much of which is expected to be flooded once the Bhakra dam is completed.  The early history of British expansion in India was marked by the coexistence of two approaches to existing princely states.  The first was a policy of annexation in which the British attempted to forcibly welcome the Indian Princes into the provinces that constituted their empire in India.