Kolkata, July 31 : Slamming Modi government for using Assam NRC issue ” to victimize people only to win elections”, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said she hopes to see her “motherland united not divided.”
“Only to win polls people can’t be victimised. Don’t you think people who’s name isn’t in list will lose a part of their identity? Please understand India-Pakistan-Bangladesh were one before partition. Whoever came from Bangladesh to India till March 1971 is Indian citizen, Mamata attacked the Narendra Modi government and the Bharatiya Janata Party on isolating minorities.
Speaking on the NRC issue again in the Constitution Club of India, Mamata said, “India needs a change and that change must come in 2019 for the betterment of the world.”
This comes a day after the BJP accused her of “spreading misinformation” after the NRC release. The saffron party also stated that there should be a similar effort to “identify illegal migrants from Bangladesh in West Bengal.”
“What is going on in Assam? The NRC problem. It is not only the Bengalis, it is the minorities, it is Hindus, it is Bengalis, it is Biharis. More than 40 lakhs people voted yesterday for the ruling party and suddenly today they have been made refugees in their own country,” Banerjee said.
Shocked over the exclusion of “former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s family members” from the list , Mamata said , “I am surprised to see that the names of our former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s family members are not on the list. What else can I say? There are so many people whose names are not there.”
“I want to see my motherland with hope, I don’t want to see my motherland divided.We will not allow this to happen in Bengal because we are there. Today these people cannot even vote, she said.
“If Bengalis say Biharis can’t stay in Bengal, South Indian people say North Indians can’t stay there and North Indians say South Indians can’t stay here. What will be state of this country, because we are together. Our country is a family, ” She said.