I am your 'pehredar', will not let anyone snatch people's rights: Mamata

The West Bengal CM and Trinamool supremo again hit out at BJP over National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).

Published: 07th January 2020 03:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th January 2020 06:29 PM   |  A+A-

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (File Photo | PTI)


PATHARPRATIMA: Contending that she was the custodian of people's rights, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she would not let anyone harm their interests.

Asserting that her crusade against National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) would continue, Banerjee said she would do everything in her power to protect the people of the state, as long as she was alive.

"We do not live at the mercy of anyone. I will not allow anyone to take away our rights," the CM said at a public meeting here, on the western fringes of Sunderbans.

"I am your 'pehradar' (custodian), if anyone comes to take away your rights, he will have to do it over my dead body. There is no need to be afraid of anybody," Banerjee, who has been one of the most vocal critics of NRC and NPR, said.

The state government had last month stayed all activities related to the preparation and update of NPR.

"Work to revise the voters' list is going on. You must all include your names. However, if anyone, who came from outside, asks your name, your father's and grandparents' names, their birthplace, do not share the details."

"We will not allow people to incite violence in the state," Banerjee, who is also the TMC boss, said.

Reacting to allegations that she was trying to stall the process by which refugees would be granted citizenship, Banerjee said those bringing charges against her should know that her government has legalised refugee camps in the state.

Without taking names of any party, Banerjee said people were being "misled and misinformed" about the new citizenship act.

She urged them to avoid paying heed to the "misinformation campaign".

Referring to reports that the Centre was planning to conduct the entire process of granting citizenship online, Banerjee said the BJP government was coming up with one lie after another every other day.

"In some places, they are saying it (NRC, citizenship) will be done online. Can rice be cooked online? One can apply online, but there is a need for physical existence, too. They are telling a new lie (every day). They will snatch citizenship rights, and we will continue to eat a lollipop, is that what they think? This will not happen," Banerjee added.

The amended Citizenship Act has emerged as the latest flashpoint in the state, with the TMC opposing the legislation tooth and nail, and the BJP pressing for its implementation.

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