New Delhi: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee raked up the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue again while speaking in Purba Medinipur on Wednesday. She said, “In Assam, names of 40 lakh people were removed from voter lists, out of them 23 lakhs are Hindu Bengalis. People who are lying in the name of Hindu should know and keep this in mind.” (Also read: Mamata Accuses BJP to be Anti-Hindu, Says Those Excluded Very Much Indian)
Banerjee has been extremely vocal about her displeasure with the NRC and has alleged discrimination in the draft in Assam, saying only Biharis and Bengalis’ names have been removed from the list. Early last month, speaking at Hindi Mahotsav and Samman Samaroh, she had asserted that such a thing neither happened or will happen in West Bengal.
“For me, humanity is the most important thing. In Assam names of Biharis have been removed along with names of Bengalis and others. But I can proudly say that in Bengal this has neither happened nor will it ever happen,” Banerjee said, news agency ANI reported.
Banerjee has accused the BJP-led central government of trying to evict people from the country in the name of the NRC, daring it to launch a similar exercise in Bengal.
“They (the BJP) are trying to wrongfully evict many people from Assam. Some are even threatening to evict people from Bengal through a similar exercise here. I dare them to lay a finger on us. They will understand what Bengal is made of,” Banerjee said at a rally. She added that the Narendra Modi-led party will not be spared if they drive any Indian citizen out.
“Bengal has protested against the situation in Assam and will continue to do so. We all are Indian citizens. If they try to drive out even a single Indian citizen, we will not spare them,” she had said.