BJP is Playing “Dirty Politics” by Stripping People of Citizenship, Says Mamata Banerjee

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Mamata Banerjee. — File photo

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THAKURNAGAR (WB) — Attacking BJP governments at the Center and Assam, Chief Minister of West Bengal and Trinmool Congress Chief Mamata Banrgee on Thursday slammed BJP for playing “dirty politics” as genuine voters have been struck off the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

“We are not against Assam (government). But in the name of the NRC, lakhs of people have been kept out of the list. I still believe that dirty politics is being played in the name of the NRC. Names of genuine voters have been struck off the list. We do not support this,” Banerjee quoted as saying by PTI.

She was addressing a gathering on the birth celebrations of Binapani Devi Thakur, known as ‘mother’ of the Matua community of Assam, who were also present at the event. Mamata also announced a new university for them.

Reportedly a large number of people from this community did not find their names in the Assam NRC draft published on 30th July this year. Around 40 lakh people were excluded in the list that had names of only 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore who had applied for inclusion in it.

On 1st November, the Supreme Court that is monitoring the matter had ordered to include five more documents for the people to prove their bona fide citizenship.

Ms Banerjee has been very critical of the BJP-led government at the Centre since the publication of the final draft of Assam’s NRC on July 30.

She had accused the BJP of resorting to “divide and rule” politics in the country and the Narendra Modi government of trying to make millions of people “stateless” in Assam for political gains.

Ms Banerjee had warned that stripping the people of their citizenship could lead to “bloodbath” and a “civil war” in the country.

(With inputs from PTI)

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