Kolkata, July 30: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Government on Monday over the National Register of Citizens that was released earlier in the day. She said it was an attempt to keep some people out of the state. “People are being isolated through a gameplan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. It is a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. And the consequences will be felt in our state also,” she said while addressing media. (Catch NRC Live News Updates Here)
Elaborating, Banerjee said, “Where will the 40 lakh people whose names have been deleted go? Does Centre have any rehabilitation programme for them? Ultimately, it is (West) Bengal which will suffer. This is just vote politics by the BJP. I request the Home Minister to bring an amendment into it.” (Here’s All You Need to Know About NRC)
Upset over how a huge number of people were left out, Banerjee said, holding aloft people’s forms, “There are people who have Aaadhar cards and passports but still their names are not in the draft list. Names of people were removed on the basis of surnames also… is the government trying forceful eviction?” She added, “I will also try to go to Assam, my MPs are already going. Let’s see if they are stopped.”
Mamata’s outburst comes even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced, soon after the NRC draft was released, that those people whose name has not been included in the list can approach the foreigners’ tribunal. “Even someone whose name is not in the final list can approach the foreigners’ tribunal. No coercive action will be taken against anyone, hence there is no need for anyone to panic,” he said.