West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched an all-out against the Assam government and the Centre over the release of final draft of National Register of Citizens (NCR) and accused the government of excluding ‘Bengalis from the list’.
“The NRC draft list has excluded many Bengalis. They are running a 'Bengali evacuation' drill. Irrespective of religion 40 lakh Bengalis have been excluded from the list. Where will these 40 lakh people go now?” asked the Trinamool Congress chief.
“People are being isolated through a game plan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. It’s a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. Consequences will be felt in our state also,” she added.
Mamata Banerjee also alleged that no one from the Centre government spoke to the West Bengal decision before taking the step.
“West Bengal will suffer due to this. No one from the Centre spoke to us. Why didn’t the Centre discuss this with us?” questioned Mamata Banerjee.
She also accused the Centre of making Indian citizens refugees.
“Very unfortunate. They are Indians. But, the central government has made them refugees. Who has made NRC? We opposed. Because we knew it would create problem,”said Mamata Banerjee.
The TMC chief also said that she will request to Home Minister Rajnath Singh to save these people.
“I would request Rajnath singh to kindly save them. Those who are rapist, they are rapist they don't belong to any religion. I will speak to the Home Minister myself. Parliament can protect people. I want to discuss this with Home Minister,” said the Trinamool supremo.
She also said if need be, she herself will go to Assam.
“I will send my MPs in Assam. If needed I myself will go,”said West Bengal CM.
She also accused the government of dividing people.
“There were people who have Aadhar 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 to do forceful eviction?”she said.
“Where will the 40 lakh people whose names have been deleted go? Does Centre have any rehabilitation program for them? Ultimately it is Bengal which will suffer. It’s just vote politics by BJP,” she added.
In a big move against illegal immigration, the Assam government released the second and final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Monday. 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.