Home Minister Amit Shah championing the implementation of the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) during his address at the NRC-Jagaran Abhiyan in Kolkata, called out the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of changing her stand over infiltrators after coming to power.
Recalling a Parliament session from August 2005, wherein the Trinamool supremo dramatically flung papers at the Speaker while opposing illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, Amit Shah accused Mamata Banerjee of taking an exact opposite stand on infiltrators now, for the sake of vote-bank politics.
Amit Shah said, "As far as NRC is concerned. Didi is against NRC. But we (BJP) will not let infiltrators stay in India, we will get them out. The same Mamata didi, who was in the Opposition and the infiltrators voted for the Communists (Left), wanted them out of the country. She did not let the Parliament function, she threw a shawl at the Speaker. Now they are your vote bank so you are saying don't force them out. We won't let refugees leave, we won't let infiltrators stay. This is for sure.
"Mamata didi is saying that as soon as NRC will come into practice, lakhs of Hindus will have to leave West Bengal. There is no bigger lie than this. Today, I'd like to assure each and every Hindi, Buddhist, Jain, Christian refugees and especially the Hindu brothers because their population is higher. The Indian government will not force any Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Christian refugees to leave the country. BJP will bring in Citizenship Bill before NRC," Amit Shah added.
Mamata Banerjee, as an Opposition Parliamentarian, back in 2005 stated that "infiltration into Bengal has become a disaster now" and also called it a "very serious matter." In 2005, the Left party was a dominant force in West Bengal and even won the state assembly elections in 2006.
Speaking over the NRC back in 2005, Mamata Banerjee asserted that the CPI(M) in power then, benefits from illegal immigrants as their vote bank. However, 14 years later, Banerjee's stance on NRC had taken a U-turn after the chief minister of West Bengal asserted that 'NRC will never be allowed in Bengal'.
"This is all done for political purposes. Hindus and Muslims have been left out of this sham. We will never allow this to happen (in Bengal). Do not worry. BJP is trying to instill fear, do not believe them. Do not watch TV channels trying to scare you for TRP. If you have lost any documents you can file an FIR, nothing to worry. Who says you have to find documents from 1971? You just need one document to be a part of the list. Just one document - be it a driving license or any other document. If you ask me my mother's birth certificate, how can I get that? Have faith in us," she said on September 23.
"The BJP is playing vote bank politics. The NRC will affect the whole world. Managing borders is the responsibility of the Centre. Central forces see how many infiltrators are crossing into the country. But in the name of infiltrators, they are harassing people," she alleged on August 1 further claiming that the NRC will destroy 'India's relationship with Bangladesh'