Mamata Banerjee says NRC will lead to bloodbath, civil war in country

Accusing the BJP of playing divisive politics, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam would lead to civil war in the country. She alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was done with a “political motive”. Mamata Banerjee said that the BJP wanted to divide people.

Speaking at a function in New Delhi today, July 31, Mamata Banerjee said, “What is going on in Assam? The NRC problem, it is not only (about) the Bengalis, it is (about) the minorities, it is (about) Hindus, it is (about) Bengalis (and) it is (about) Biharis. More than 40 lakhs people voted yesterday for the ruling party and suddenly today they have been made refugees in their own country.”

“The NRC is being done with a political motive. We will not let this happen. They (BJP) are trying to divide the people. The situation cannot be tolerated. There will be a civil war, bloodbath in the country,” Mamata Banerjee said.

The Supreme Court-monitored NRC exercise to identify Indian citizens living in Assam rejected the claim of more than 40 lakh applicants from the final draft. The NRC draft was released yesterday, July 30.

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“If Bengalis say Biharis can’t stay in Bengal, South Indian people say North Indians can’t stay there and North Indians say South Indians can’t stay here. What will be state of this country? Because we are together, our country is a family,” Mamata Banerjee said.

She also said, “I am surprised to see that the names of our former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s family members are not on the NRC Assam list. What else can I say? There are so many people whose names are not there.”

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Updated: July 31, 2018 — 6:44 pm