New Delhi, July 30 :Slamming Assam’s Draft Citizens’ List, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said it is government’s “divide and rule policy” and said People are being made refugees in their own country and it is a game plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis.
“People are being isolated through a game plan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. Its a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. Consequences will be felt in our state also,It’s a forceful eviction,” Mamata said.
“They are targeting not Hindus or Muslims, but Bengalis. This is a wrong decision and will affect everyone across the country—all castes, creed and community. I will try to meet the Home Minister,” she said.
Reacting sharply on the exclusion of over 40 lakh names in Assam’s draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said, “names of people were removed on the basis of surnames also. Is the government trying to do forceful eviction?
Showing her intention to take up the matter personally with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata said, “This is divide-and-rule policy. People are being isolated… this will destroy humanity,I want to tell the PM — save the people, don’t isolate them.”
“Worried about torture” of people, West Bengal Chief Minister said, “There were people who have Aaadhar cards and passports but still their names are not in the draft list. Names of people were removed on the basis of surnames also. Is the Govt trying to do forceful eviction?”.
“Do you (BJP government at Centre) think only for vote politics? Humanity and people will be isolate? Why was government silent when the matter was raised in court. I appeal to Home Minister Rajnath Singh to not do politics over the matter. Those who have been excluded are neither
Over 40 lakh people have been excluded from the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens leading to a war of words between the BJP and the opposition.
The issue also created a ruckus into the Parliament, with Rajya Sabha being adjourned till 2 pm today afternoon.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the draft was completely “impartial” and those whose names were not included shouldn’t panic as they would not get an opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship.
“No coercive action will be taken against anyone. Hence, there is no need for anyone to panic,” he told reporters in New Delhi.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on the other hand, had urged people to refrain from making “inflammatory” remarks in the wake of the publication of the final NRC draft, an official release said.
The opposition parties also attacked the government in Parliament and Home Minister tried to allay fears and said this is only a draft NRC. The final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens was released on Monday. The officials clarified that those left out of the final draft will not be branded as foreigners and no punitive action will be taken against them. The final NRC will be out in December 2018.