West Bengal: Criticizing the government in parliament for ‘Assam’s Draft Citizens List’, Trinamool Congress of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the ruling government are turning people into refugees in their own country. They are trying to isolate people in order to do vote politics and she also said that her government do not believe in divide and rule.
Addressing the media at the press meet, Mamata went on to say: “They are turning Indian people into refugees in their own country.”
She said she would try to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the subject. “I am sending a team of party MPs to Assam and if necessary, I will go there too,” she said.
“Many people have been identified as foreigners and they are to be sent back. There are many children and women among them… So many Bengalis, Biharis, Hindus, Muslims… they are very much Indians,” said Mamata Banerjee, adding that she was “worried about torture” of those left out.
“It is a game plan to evict humanity and human beings forcibly and an attempt to isolate them in order to do vote politics. We do not believe in divide and rule policy,” she told reporters at the state secretariat Nabanna.
Assam’s National Register of Citizens or NRC has been updated for the first time since 1951 to account for illegal migration from neighbouring Bangladesh.
Releasing the updated list, officials underscored that no one would be deported or arrested as this was only a draft.
Claims and objections from those left out of the citizens’ list will be taken up from August 30 to September 28.
“No genuine Indian citizen should have any fear,” said Registrar General of India, Sailesh.
But opposition parties see the recount as a move to target Assam’s Muslim population on the pretext of weeding out Bangladeshi migrants.