The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Wednesday said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented in West Bengal. Further, he also mentioned that and not a single Hindu will have to leave the country. He said that certain political parties and politicians are trying to instill fear among the general people over NRC by spreading rumors.
"As the national general secretary of BJP, I want to assure all of you that NRC will be implemented but not a single Hindu will have to leave the country. Each and every Hindu will be given citizenship," he said at a programme here. "There are certain people who are trying to spread canards and misguide the masses," he said.
On Tuesday, hundreds of people are queueing up at government and municipal offices here and across West Bengal to collect their birth certificates and necessary documents should the National Register of Citizens (NRC) be implemented in the state despite assurances by the TMC government that it would not be allowed.
The omission of a large number of Hindu Bengalis from the final NRC list in BJP-ruled Assam has apparently created panic among the people and has allegedly led to six deaths in the state so far. Large queues were seen outside Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters and other division offices in the city and BDO offices in other parts of Bengal as people waited for their turn to search for land and other necessary documents.
Earlier, opposing the Centre's recently implemented National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday, has hit out at the exercise, while addressing a gathering in Kolkata. She assured the residents that NRC will never be imposed on Bengal. Stating that just one official document was needed to prove one's citizenship, she said that one can file FIR in case of lost documents.
(with PTI inputs)