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No detention centre to come up in Bengal: Mamata



Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday ruled out any possibility of detention centres coming up in West Bengal on the lines of such camps for keeping illegal foreigners being set up in states like Assam and Karnataka.

“I say with all responsibility in the presence of all government officers that we have no plans to undertake any NRC (National Register for Citizens) exercise in our state.

“So the question of constructing any detention camp does not arise. It can only come up if we construct it,” Banerjee said addressing an administrative meeting at Uttar Kanya – the North Bengal branch secretariat of the state government near Siliguri.

The Chief Minister said the NRC exercise could be undertaken in Assam as it was part of the Assam accord, 1985.

The Accord was signed by the then Congress-led Central government in the presence of late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and the leaders of the All Assam Students Union and All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad, who had spearheaded a six-year-long movement from 1979 to 1985 seeking detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis.

Banerjee said the NRC would not happen in Bengal as “we run the government here”.

“They could carry out such an exercise in Assam, as the matter was a part of the Assam Accord of 1985, and because the state has a BJP government. In this state, we run the government.”

She said her party Trinamool Congress has opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament as such things should not be done on the basis of religion.

Banerjee said the CAB, if passed, would render people as foreigners for six years.

The CAB provides for granting Indian citizenship to minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after an aggregate period of residence or service of a Government in India for “not less than six years”.

“So Indians, and particularly Bengalis, will become foreigners for six years. What will you do with such people for six years? And then, what will happen?” she said.


Maha deal: Consider ‘pedhas’ being ordered: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut




sanjay raut

New Delhi/Mumbai, Nov 20 : Giving a strong indication of a three-party government formation deal for Maharashtra being virtually sealed, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said late on Wednesday that he would consider it as ‘pedhas’ (sweets) being ordered.

He informed mediapersons that a three-party government comprising Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress will come to power soon in the state, and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will announce the “sweet news” soon.

A party leader said in Mumbai that “we are getting very positive vibes” from New Delhi after a marathon NCP-Congress meeting got over this evening in the national capital.

Raut said hat the next Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena and that he was in constant contact with Thackeray on the fast-paced developments in Delhi.

He said the NCP-Congress would have another meeting in New Delhi on Thursday, while Thackeray has called a meeting of all Sena legislators in Mumbai on Friday where he will brief them on the government formation formula.

Though it is not clear if the Sena would be present at tomorrow’s meeting, there are indications it may be invited at a later stage and the formal announcement of the government formation would be made soon thereafter.

According to sources a power-sharing formula has also been agreed upon and the Sena-NCP are likely to share the post of CM for 30 months each, although details would be known only after the final deliberations tomorrow.

However, a senior Sena leader in Mumbai reiterated that the Sena would hold the CM’s post for the full five-year (60 months) term, with two posts of Deputy CMs, one each for NCP and Congress.

“Whatever is finalized among the three parties, we are extremely hopeful that all speculation will end and a government headed by Uddhavji as the CM will be sworn in as early as possible, possibly by the month-end,” said the leader, requesting not to be identified.

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TRS legislator stripped of Indian citizenship



MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh

Hyderabad, Nov 20 : The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday issued a fresh order cancelling Indian citizenship of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh.

Fresh orders were issued after hearing Ramesh, who had challenged the 2017 order cancelling his citizenship.

Ramesh’s citizenship was revoked on the grounds that he held citizenship of Germany and didn’t fulfil the norms while obtaining Indian citizenship in 2009.

Ramesh, re-elected to Telangana Assembly from the Vemulawada constituency last year, said he would move the Telangana High Court again. The MHA didn’t take the high court orders into consideration while issuing fresh orders, Ramesh said and added, he was confident of getting justice.

In July, the HC had set aside the MHA order and directed it to hear afresh Ramesh’s submissions and complainant Adi Srinivas, the Congress leader defeated by Ramesh in 2009 elections.

Ramesh’s citizenship issue is pending since 2009 when he was elected as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidate. He later joined the TRS and was re-elected in the by-election in 2010. He was elected to the Assembly again in 2014 and 2018.

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Won’t allow NRC in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee




Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Nov 20 : On a day when union home minister Amit Shah asserted that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise would be undertaken across India, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured people on Wednesday that her government will never allow preparation of any such list.

Addressing a public meeting at Sagardighi of Murshidabad district, Banerjee said nobody can take away the citizenship of any person and make him/her a refugee.

She also challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party to clarify why the names of 14 lakh Hindus and Bengalis were left out of the final NRC brought out in Assam.

Obviously targeting the BJP without naming it, Banerjee said “a few people” were trying to foment trouble in the state in the name of NRC.

“A few people are trying to foment trouble in the state by saying that NRC exercise will be carried out in Bengal. I would like to make it very clear, that we will never allow the NRC exercise in Bengal,” she said.

“We won’t allow anybody to divide people on the basis of religion,” she added.

Shah told Rajya Sabha during the day that NRC will be implemented nationwide, and asserted that no person from any religion need to be afraid of it.

“The NRC exercise is monitored by the Supreme Court. No religion has been targeted or isolated during the NRC exercise,” said Shah responding to a query of Congress leader Syed Nasir Hussain.

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