Attacking the Home Minister Amit Shah‘s call for implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) all over the nation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her state will not execute any such exercise.
NRC exercise was implemented in the Assam region to eliminate illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Only the genuine Indian citizens with valid credentials of citizenship are being allowed to stay on the list. The latest publication of the NRC list on 31 August excluded 19 lakh people out of its purview. The publication created a mass hysteria regarding the exercise in the adjoining states.
Trinamool Congress leader was attending a public meeting at Sagardighi in Murshidabad district where she addressed the crowd. She said that nobody has the right to take away any person’s citizenship and make change their status to that of a refugee. She further said that the NRC exercise was part of the Assam Accord, and therefore it cannot be implemented across India.
Speaking at the event, She said, “A few people are trying to foment trouble in the state by saying that NRC exercise will be carried out in Bengal. I would like to make it very clear that we will never allow the NRC exercise in Bengal. We won’t allow anybody to divide people on the basis of religion.”
She slammed the ruling BJP government of leaving out 19 lakh people and sending them to the detention centers. The comments from Mamata Banerjee came after Home Minister Amit Shah mentioned in the Upper House that the NRC will be implemented across the nation. The BJP leader further said that there is no provision in NRC that will be used to exclude people belonging to other religions.
Previously. many states such as Manipur had expressed their desire to implement the NRC in the state. Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the state cabinet has given its nod willingly for the implementation of NRC (National Register of Citizens) in the state.