Friday, Aug 14, 2020 | Last Update : 03:04 PM IST

142nd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra54831338184318650 Tamil Nadu3145202563135278 Andhra Pradesh2641421709242378 Karnataka1964941126333511 Delhi1494601343184167 Uttar Pradesh140775887862280 West Bengal98459671202059 Telangana8647563074665 Bihar8274154139450 Gujarat71064542382652 Assam5883842326145 Rajasthan5249738235789 Odisha4592731785321 Haryana4163534781483 Madhya Pradesh3902529020996 Kerala3811424922127 Jammu and Kashmir2489717003472 Punjab2390315319586 Jharkhand185168998177 Chhatisgarh12148880996 Uttarakhand96326134125 Goa871259575 Tripura6161417641 Puducherry5382320187 Manipur3752204411 Himachal Pradesh3371218114 Nagaland30119738 Arunachal Pradesh223115923 Chandigarh1595100425 Meghalaya11154986 Sikkim9105101 Mizoram6203230
  Metros   Kolkata  19 Nov 2019  Citizenship Amendment Bill a trap like NRC, says Mamata Banerjee

Citizenship Amendment Bill a trap like NRC, says Mamata Banerjee

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Nov 19, 2019, 4:18 am IST
Updated : Nov 19, 2019, 4:18 am IST

Ms Banerjee elaborated, “But we never enforced any condition that they would have to be in this country for six years.

Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee
 Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, which is going to be tabled by the Narendra Modi government in the ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament, a “trap” like the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to drop the legal citizens out of the country. The Trinamul Congress supremo also claimed that she had spearheaded a movement to protect the refugees, when she became an MP from Jadavpur for the first time, early in her political career.

Addressing a meeting at Ras Mela Maidan in Cooch Behar, she told the crowd, “The Central government is going to introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. I want to tell you it is nothing but another trap like the NRC. It is a trap to exclude Bengalis and Hindus from the list of legal citizens and make them refugees in their own countries. After our government came to power in the state, we have taken steps to grant citizenship to refugees of enclaves in Cooch Behar.”

 

Ms Banerjee elaborated, “But we never enforced any condition that they would have to be in this country for six years. I have a request to all of you. Do not feel panicked on the NRC. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is an alternative of NRC.”

“If anyone tries to play politics here with that then do not forget all the refugees are the citizens of this country. It was only me, who had fought a movement to give land deeds to the refugees. I was then a first time MP from Jadavpur.”

She added, “So, this is a dirty politics to create a rift between the Bengalis and non-Bengalis. All of you are citizens. You do not need to get citizenship again. You have the ration cards, Voter IDs.” Sending a strong message to faction feud plaguing her party, Ms Banerjee cautioned during a rally that her party would not take “poison” for their rivalry.

 

She told the rank and file, “I still believe that neither there is any group within the Trinamul nor there should be any. There is only one group i.e, Trinamul with twin flowers in a tri-colour. There is no need to think who is more heavyweight. Think all of us are equal. Only then your work will be successful. Party will not see who is fighting with whom within. Party will consume poison for none.”

Tags: citizenship amendment bill, mamata banerjee