West Bengal Assembly rules out NRC

29.11.2019

 

The West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Friday passed a resolution opposing the National Register of Citizens ( NRC) in Assam. The resolution also categorically ruled out the possibility of any such exercise in the State.

 

The resolution  was supported by members of the Trinamool Congress from the Treasury beaches and legislators of the Left parties and the Congress from the Opposition benches. Only a handful of BJP members opposed the resolution

“We do not accept the NRC. What has happened in Assam can never happen in Bengal,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during the debate. She thanked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for opposing a NRC-like exercise in his State.

 

Ms. Banerjee said the NRC was carried out on the basis of the Assam Accord of 1985 and there was no such agreement in the case of Bengal. “They are making a grand jail where they can keep the detainees from the list.” Issues like this were propped up to divert people’s attention from the economic distress faced by the country, she alleged.

Pointing out that Gorkhas had voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in Darejeeling hills, she said that one lakh Gorkha people have been excluded from the NRC.

 

During the debate, members, supporting the resolution that had called the exercise “inhuman and autocratic”, made repeated references to the partition of Bengal and the influx of refugees from Bangladesh. They said the exercise was “anti-Bengali” and aimed at reaping political dividends for the BJP. We, the people of Bengal, have accepted refugees irrespective of their religion,” TMC MLA and Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee said.

 

Leader of the Left Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty said the NRC was not against Muslims or those who had come from the other side of Bengal but against the poor people who had no access to documents.

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Leader of the Opposition and Congress MLA Abdul Mannan said the RSS had infiltrated all political parties in the country when they were guided by blind anti-Congress opposition.

Leader of the BJP legislature party Manoj Tigga, who spoke against the motion, 

Mr. Tigga also raised the issue of Ms. Banerjee, as an MP, raising the issue of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh on August 4, 2005 in Parliament and storming out the house when no debate was allowed on it.

 

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