Mamata Banerjee says Assam NRC plan to throw out Bengalis and Biharis

While saying that her party MPs are already going to Assam, the West Bengal CM further told the media that she would try to go to the Northeastern state.

Published: 30th July 2018 01:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2018 03:49 AM   |  A+A-

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File | PTI)

By Online Desk

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday reacted sharply on the exclusion of over 40 lakh names in Assam's draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), saying people with Aaadhar cards and passports are not in the list. 

Addressing the media, Mamata said, "names of people were removed on the basis of surnames also. Is the government trying to do forceful eviction?"

"People are being isolated through a game plan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. Its a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. Consequences will be felt in our state also," Mamata further added.

Mamata said: “This is ‘Bengali Khedao’ and Bihari Khedao’ (push out Bengalis and Biharis) in the name of NRC. Names of people with Bengali surnames, both Hindus and Muslims, who have been living in Assam for 50 or even 100 years, have not been included in the NRC final draft despite the applicants having all necessary documents... We suspect that people whose names did not appear in the NRC will be forcefully evicted.”

While saying that her party MPs are already going to Assam, the West Bengal CM further told the media that she would try to go to the Northeastern state.

"Where will the 40 lakh people whose names have been deleted go? Does Centre have any rehabilitation program for them? Ultimately it is Bengal which will suffer. Its just vote politics by BJP. Request Home Minister to bring an amendment ", she remarked.

However, she was evasive on whether West Bengal will grant asylum to people whose names did not appear in the final NRC.

“We are trying to prevent people from being evicted from their homes. However, if they are rendered homeless and come to the border of West Bengal seeking refuge, we will think about it,” she added. 

Earlier today, Assam published its updated draft of National Register of Citizens. 

Publishing the document, Register General of India, Shailesh, gave an overall figure. He said out of the 3,29,91,384 applicants, the names of 2,89,83,677 people had figured in the draft. The deficit was of 40,07,707.

The part draft, published on December 31 last year, had the names of 1.9 crore people. Later, the cases of 1.5 lakh people, whose names had figured in it, were kept in abeyance. The citizenship fate of 1.39 crore applicants was to be decided in the complete draft. However, Sailesh and NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela refused to give figures of the complete draft. 

“People, whose names have not figured in NRC, need not worry. Neither they will be branded foreigners nor will punitive action be taken against them. They will get an opportunity to file claims and objections. The names of no genuine Indians will be left out,” Sailesh said.

He added: “We will maintain status quo as regards the fate of those whose names have not figured in NRC till the final draft is published”.

The issue also created a ruckus into the Parliament, with Rajya Sabha being adjourned till 2 pm today afternoon.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the draft was completely "impartial" and those whose names were not included shouldn't panic as they would not get an opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship.

"No coercive action will be taken against anyone. Hence, there is no need for anyone to panic," he told reporters in New Delhi.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on the other hand, had urged people to refrain from making "inflammatory" remarks in the wake of the publication of the final NRC draft, an official release said.

(With Inputs from ENS and ANI)

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  • Minturaj

    Mamata is against NRC because she's originally from Bangladesh. she's spoiling east part of India so that she could mix this part of India with Bangladesh someday. Since Mamata came to power big numbers of Bangladeshis are illegally entering through kolcutta and spreading in all parts of India, I would say mamata is responsible for wide number of Muslims in Assam, Goa and Andaman.
    3 months ago reply
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