Kolkata: Seems West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee is in no mood to bow down, as she is on a protest-spree ever since the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed.
On Thursday too, the CM led another protest march against CAA and NRC in Kolkata, saying that her agitations will continue until both the legislations get revoked. Notably, this is Banerjee’s 6th protest march in 10 days.
Addressing the rally, the Trinamool Congress supremo accused the BJP of not keeping its promises, referring to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s remark about putting on hold compensation to families of two people killed in police firing on anti-CAA protesters in Mangaluru.
She announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs to the kin of protesters who died in Mangaluru.
She also asked students to carry on with their protests for their democratic rights and assured that she will always be by their side.
“Do not fear anybody. I warn the BJP not to play with fire,” Banerjee said.
Earlier today, she came out in support of students from IIT-Kanpur who are being probed for allegedly making controversial statements during a protest rally last week.
On multiple occasions, she has asked the central government to withdraw the CAA in the interest of the people of the country. Banerjee, who has been at the forefront in opposing the NRC and the citizenship law, has said in her rallies that her government would not allow any NRC exercise or implementation of the Citizenship Act in West Bengal.
“They say they will forcibly implement CAA and NRC. I would like to state categorically again that NRC and CAA won’t be implemented in West Bengal. You can pass a law, but it is up to the state government to implement it. How can they enforce it?” she asked.
On Monday, she had called upon opposition parties and senior leaders of the country to unite against the Citizenship Amendment Act and sought to chalk out a plan to ‘save the democracy’.
Meanwhile, the state has seen several incidents of arson and vandalism in the past few days by people protesting against the law with a number of railway stations being set ablaze and many trains burnt.
At least 24 people have been killed in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act around the country over the last two weeks.