New Delhi, Aug 13: West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President Adhir Chowdhury attacked the BJP and Trinamool Congress and accused both parties for playing politics over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and misguiding people. Addressing a press conference in Kolkata on Sunday, Chowdhury said, “The BJP is trying to make people understand that the NRC is for protecting the Hindus who came from foreign countries as they will be considered as refugees. Similarly, (TMC supremo) Mamata Banerjee is trying to misguide the people that the NRC is a danger for the Bengalis and she will be their saviour.”
The row started after it was found that 40 lakh people were left out in the final draft of the NRC in Assam. The final draft was released by the government on July 30. Following the publication of the NRC Assam final draft, the Trinamool Congress had also alleged discrimination against the Biharis and Bengalis and moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha.
While Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that it is a “big mistake” PM Modi is making. “You are dividing people. Home Minister Rajnath Singh should make an amendment,” he said.
“Both are doing narrow-minded politics to gain benefit in the coming Lok Sabha elections,” West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President Adhir Chowdhury said. The NRC is meant for the state of Assam and not for any other state, he added.
The Congress leader said his party would hold a rally in the city on October 4, highlighting issues “through which people were misguided for the sake of vote-bank politics”.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, soon after the NRC draft was released, had announced that those people whose name has not been included in the list can approach the foreigners’ tribunal. The Supreme Court had told the Centre that no authority will take any coercive action against the 40 lakh people who have been excluded from the list of valid citizens in the final draft of the NRC of the state.
On the other hand, the slugfest over Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) is taking the shape of a pre-poll battle between the BJP and opposition parties.