Mamata sets condition for talks with PM, says withdraw CAA

Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Jan 28: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday, said that she was ready for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens, but with a condition that, he has to withdraw the amended legislation first.

“It is good that the Prime Minister is ready for talks but first take back the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). They did not call an all-party meet before taking a decision on Kashmir and CAA. NRC, NPR, and CAA these three are bad for the country,” said Banerjee while speaking at an event organised to protest against the CAA.

“We want a united India, we want united Bengal. We are not accepting CAA, NRC and NPR,” the Chief Minister added.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Party (TMC) controls more than two-thirds of the seats in the 294-member House.

On Monday, the West Bengal government became the fourth state after Kerala, Punjab, and Rajasthan to pass a resolution opposing the CAA.

The TMC government has been vocally criticising the CAA and the proposed nationwide implementation of the NRC, maintaining that the West Bengal will not allow these two in the state.

The state Assembly had on September 6 last year, passed a resolution against the NRC.

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