Thakurnagar: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has spoken against the National Register of Citizens of India (NRC) list in Assam since it was published on July 30, on Thursday alleged that “dirty politics” is going on in the name of publication of the final draft as the names of genuine votes are being struck off the list. The Trinamool leader further said that she was not against the Assam government but the NRC list. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Confirmed Cases Climb to 1251, Total Deaths Now at 32 | Top Developments
During her visit to Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said, “I still believe that dirty politics is being played in the name of the NRC. Names of genuine voters have been struck off the list. We do not support this.” Also Read - Unity, Alertness of Indians Would Help Safeguard Nation’s Future: PM Modi on COVID-19 Pandemic
She had accused the BJP of resorting to “divide and rule” politics in the country and the Narendra Modi government of trying to make millions of people “stateless” in Assam for political gains. The TMC supremo had earlier warned that stripping the people of their citizenship could lead to “bloodbath” and a “civil war” in the country. Also Read - Whole Nation Displaying Immense Resilience While Facing Challenges of COVID-19: PM Modi
“They (the Centre) are driving away Bengalis from Assam. In Gujarat, they are trying to drive away Biharis. We never do this here in West Bengal. We have assured them (Bengalis in Assam) that we are beside them. They must not forget Bengal is also their home. We are not against Assam (government). But in the name of the NRC, lakhs of people have been kept out of the list. It is not a crime to speak in Bengali?” the chief minister asked.
She had also alleged discrimination in the NRC draft in Assam saying only Biharis and Bengalis’ names have been removed from the list. Speaking at Hindi Mahotsav and Samman Samaroh in September, she had asserted that such a thing neither happened or will happen in West Bengal. “In Assam names of Biharis have been removed along with names of Bengalis and others,” she alleged.