New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday handed over a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah at a meeting in the national capital clarifying that NRC is not needed in West Bengal. “He (Amit Shah) did not say anything about NRC in West Bengal. I have already clarified my stand that NRC is not needed in West Bengal,” said Banerjee.
In a written letter to the Home Minister, Mamata Banerjee mentioned that at least 19 lakh people were left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Further, Banerjee was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “I handed over a letter to him (HM Amit Shah), told him that of the 19 Lakh people left out of NRC, many are Hindi speaking, Bengali speaking and local Assamese. Many genuine voters have been left out. This should be looked into. I submitted an official letter.”
Earlier, speculations were rife that the meeting between the two leaders was an effort to rescue former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar who is under the CBI’s scanner and is believed to be a close aide to the West Bengal chief minister.
Notably, Mamata Banerjee, who is on a three-day visit to New Delhi, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
Describing it as a “government to government” meeting, Banerjee noted that a majority of the discussion was focussed on the developmental issues of West Bengal.
Meanwhile, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh had told reporters in Bengal that he was happy that Banerjee’s “good sense” had prevailed that she met the prime minister. “But I think it’s too late. Her attempts to save herself and her party from CBI will not yield any results,” he added.
Banerjee, on the other hand, told the reporters that it was part of her routine exercise as chief minister to meet the union finance and home ministers during her trips to Delhi.
Notably, the Assembly polls in Bengal are due in April-May 2021.
(With agency inputs)