Kolkata, July 31: While West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee didn’t mince words in alleging that the recently released National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam was a gameplan of the BJP to isolate the Bengalis and the Biharis in the state, the saffron party has hinted at how a similar effort could be put into place in West Bengal to “identify illegal migrants from Bangladesh” in the state. BJP general secretary in charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya was quoted by a leading daily as claiming that their “number could run into crores” in West Bengal. Also Read - EC Calls All-Party Meeting In Kolkata As COVID Cases Surge In Bengal, Discussion Over Poll Campaigns Likely
“The youth in West Bengal want to identify the illegal migrants from Bangladesh as they are facing several problems like unemployment and law and order issues. The BJP supports their demand,” Vijayvargiya told The Indian Express. “If the final draft (of the NRC) in Assam found 40 lakh illegal residents, the number could run into crores in West Bengal. In Assam, the Supreme Court has monitored it. This can be done in West Bengal too,” he said. (Also Read: 40 Lakh People Left Out, Here’s How to Fill Correction And Objection Form) Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Blames 'Outsiders' Brought by BJP For COVID Surge In West Bengal
In Parliament, the TMC picked up the cudgels against the government on the NRC issue. Party MP Saugata Roy gave a notice in the Lok Sabha for an adjournment motion against the exclusion of around 40 lakh people from the final draft. During the zero hour, TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said, “This matter should be taken up urgently, it is a question of more than 40 lakh people.” Also Read - Cooch Behar Killings: West Bengal Govt to Launch Probe to Punish Culprits, Says Mamata Banerjee
Vijaywargiya’s comments were seconded by the local unit of his party. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said if they were voted to power, the NRC will be published in Bengal as well. Supporting the publication of the NRC complete draft in Assam, he said some politicians were “shedding crocodile tears” as they were wary that their “vote bank” politics coming to an end.
Meanwhile, the Congress and the Left Front said Ghosh’s comments reflected the “anti-Bengali” mindset of the BJP. “The NRC in Assam and Ghosh’s statement prove that the BJP is an anti-Bengali party. The people of our state will never accept such a party. It will be a disaster for the entire country and our state,” Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Abdul Mannan was quoted by media as saying.