Assam’s Bengali population will not fall into trap laid by Mamata Banerjee


Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister and Chief of Trinamool Congress (TMC), who has launched a mission of tirade against Assam NRC draft and hatching conspiracy to create conflict between Assamese and Bengali speaking population, would well be rejected by Bengalis living in the states.

Conglomerate of 14 different organizations of Bengali community ( Bengali Jautha Samannay Samiti, Asom) in a statement has opposed Mamata’s outburst against Assam NRC draft and her desperate move to project outside Assam that Bengali speaking people are not in the state.

The committee has appealed to all Bengali speaking people living in Assam Not to get influenced by the provocative statements made by politicians who just want a social unrest for their political gains.

Opposing TMC delegation’s visit to Silchar in Barak valley, the conglomerate alleged that Mamata Banerjee has specific goal and she has been trying to political mileage by creating conflict between Assamese speaking people and Bengalis in Assam.

“Bengalis are not naive. They have good political understanding and they will not be swayed by Banerjee’s political gimmicks”, said in the statement of conglomerate of 14 different organisations of Bengali community.

Bengalis have migrated to Assam since the days of British rule. At the time of independence of India in 1947, the province of Bengal was partitioned between India and East Pakistan. Millions of Bengali Hindus migrated from East Bengal (later Bangladesh). A good portion of these migrated Bengalis had settled in Assam.

Most of them have assimilated to the mainstream. Contribution of Bengali origin people towards Assam’s culture, education and in social life is high. An estimate shows that Hindu Bengali population in Assam constitutes 18% of the state population as of 2011.

The conglomerate alleged that the stand taken by TMC supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after the release of the NRC actually reflects her duplicity on the matter.

After the Assam NRC final draft was released on July 30 last, Banerjee claimed that Bengalis and Biharis living in Assam were being targeted, and said that they are “Indians, not Rohingya”.

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