Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law and SP leader Aparna Yadav has given West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee a piece of her mind on National Register of Citizen (NRC). While supporting the Assam NRC, Aparna Yadav advised Mamata Banerjee to not support illegal immigrants.
“There is no problem with lawful immigrants. Problem arises because of those who come into the county unlawfully. I think Mamata ji shouldn't have made a statement supporting illegal immigrants. She should ponder upon it, it's a national security issue,” said Aparna Yadav to news agency ANI.
Notably, Aparna Yadav’s opinion is quite different from what her brother-in-law and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had said about the NRC. Akhilesh Yadav had said accepting everyone is the soul of our culture.
“Accepting everyone, tolerance and ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam’ are the fundamentals of our culture. Which is why while deciding on citizenship, one should first consider the humanitarian aspect. However, national security shouldn’t be comprised nor the a decision should be taken based on a narrow political mindset,” said Akhilesh Yadav.
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has been very critical of the Assam NRC since the release of its second and final draft. Recently, she met political leaders, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi to discuss the NRC issue. She also met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and expressed her concern over the National Register of Citizen.
Prior to this, Mamata Banerjee had warned that Assam NRC could lead to unrest, saying, “If it continues to be like this, don't you think it will create a bloodwar?”
Her extreme remarks also led to a police complaint being lodged against her by BJP’s youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). The complained accused the TMC supremo of inciting ‘hate and tension’ among the coexisting communities with the intention of derailing the NRC process.
The second and final draft of the NRC was released on July 30 by the Assam government. As per the exercise, which was directly monitored by the Supreme Court, those who have entered Assam after March 24, 1971, will be viewed as illegal immigrants. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the second draft of the NRC while names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC.