West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee came under volley of criticisms from different quarters of Assam for her comment on the NRC final draft publication.
Banerjee calls the NRC final draft a conspiracy to isolate Bengalis and Biharis. “People are being isolated through a game plan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. Its a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. Consequences will be felt in our state also,” she said.
Banerjee termed update of NRC ‘politics ahead of 2019 elections. “This is politics ahead of the 2019 elections,” said Mamata.
The West Bengal CM claimed that Bengalis living in Assam were being targeted, and said that they are “Indians, not Rohingya”. “How can they send women and children to detention centres? Aren’t people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other states living in Bengal? Bengalis living in Assam are being targeted. They are not Rohingyas, they are Indians,” she added.
Banerjee further alleged that there were people who have Aaadhar cards and passports but still their names are not in the draft list. “Names of people were removed on the basis of surnames also. Is the Government trying to do forceful eviction?” she asked.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while reacting to Mamata Banerjee’s comment on Assam NRC update said, “ We abide by the order of Supreme Court. In future too, we will continue to follow the Apex Court’s order. The NRC update in Assam was fully impartial. I thank officers engaged in the NRC update for sincerely completed the task”, said Sonowal . The NRC update in Assam was carried out on Supreme Court’s order.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi slammed Mamata Banerjee over his statement on Assam NRC final draft. He said that she does not know the real situation in Assam, and was just playing politics. “Mamata’s emotions are false. She is just playing politics,”
The TMC seems to have been trying to catch fish out of trouble water. An MP of TMC said that Banerjee and a delegation of TMC MPs will visit some selected areas in Assam soon.