New Delhi, Aug 3: Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the Narendra Modi government of a civil war over the NRC Assam final draft, Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a veiled attack at her saying that “some are trying to create an atmosphere of fear”. Trying to dissipate the fear of deportation and detention of the 40 lakh people, who have been excluded from the list, the Home Minister condemned the alleged attempts by the political parties to disturb communal harmony in the state.
“I am saying this again: no coercive action will be taken against anyone in any situation. Attempts to create an atmosphere of fear are condemnable,” he said making a veiled attack on Mamata Banerjee. He further said that the NRC Assam final draft process was fair and transparent. “We are doing everything according to the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court. Every step is being followed,” Rajnath Singh said in the Rajya Sabha.
The Trinamool chief had attacked the Narendra Modi government over the NRC list in Assam, which had nearly 40 lakh people excluded, saying people are being victimised to win elections and it would only lead to a civil war. “The situation cannot be tolerated. There will be a civil war, bloodbath in the country,” Banerjee said.
“What is going on and what can be, it is more alarming. Only to win the election, only to win the battle, people cannot be victimised. Now they say these people cannot vote also. If they don’t vote, if their list doesn’t exist, don’t you think they will lose their identity,” she said.
Earlier, two Trinamool Congress leaders — Diganta Saikia, Pradeep Pachoni — resigned from the party over the West Bengal CM’s stand on NRC Assam final draft. They alleged that Banerjee has been commenting and slamming the draft “without any knowledge” of it, CNN News18 had reported. A little while in the evening, Dipen Pathak, president of the Assam unit of Trinamool Congress (TMC), resigned from the party following differences with the party’s top leaders over the publication of draft NRC in Assam.
His resignation came a few hours after a TMC delegation, on their way to Assam, was detained at Silchar airport. “The party leadership should have consulted me before sending the delegation to Assam. The party top brass has termed the NRC updation process as an exercise to drive out Bengalis and Muslims. But it’s wrong and I can’t accept it,” Pathak told the media.