Kolkata, Feb 13: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that surveys for CAA, NCR are being carried out in the state without the permission of her government and urged people not to share their information with banks and post offices, as both the central government entities are gathering data in order to “manipulate” the Citizenship Amendment Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register.
While addressing an administrative meeting in Bankura, Banerjee alleged that such a survey must “stop immediately”.
Citing an incident when a group of BJP workers visited a jewellery shop in North 24 Parganas district’s Habra and sought documents purportedly connected to NRC and CAA.
“Today, I saw the news on television that a group of around 15 BJP people went to a jewellery shop in Habra and demanded that they show papers required for CAA and NRC. Who has given them the authority to do this? Just drive away such people….don’t believe if they tell you they are from the government,” she said.
An FIR has been filed at Habra police station in connection with the alleged incident.
Banerjee said that the banks and post offices were collecting the data “without taking the name of BJP…they are visiting houses to conduct the survey”.
While saying that banks and post offices cannot do this without the state government’s consent, Banerjee urged people not to “give any information to anyone”.”We will not allow this. We have to strongly handle this,” she said.