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Saturday, Oct 19, 2019

‘Shame’: Mamata Banerjee hits out at BJP for creating ‘panic’ over NRC

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee once again underlined that she will not allow NRC exercise in the state.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2019 17:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (PTI Photo)

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the BJP of creating panic over National Register of Citizens (NRC) and spotlighted the six deaths in the state over the same.

Addressing a trade unions’ meet here, the TMC chief once again underlined that she will not allow NRC exercise in the state.

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“NRC exercise will not be carried out in Bengal or anywhere else in the country, it was conducted in Assam due to Assam accord,” she asserted.

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The Assam Accord, an agreement signed in 1985 between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students’ Union, had ended a six-year mass movement against immigrants alleged to have settled illegally from Bangladesh.

“Shame on the BJP for creating panic over NRC in Bengal, it has led to six deaths. Have faith in me, I will never allow the exercise in Bengal,” Banerjee said, without elaborating further.

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Criticising the saffron party for “undermining democratic values” in the country, the chief minister said, “Democracy exists in Bengal but it is under threat in several other parts of the country.”The BJP is not talking about job losses or the downward spiral of Indian economy, all it wants to do is serve own political interests, she maintained.

Referring to the recent Jadavpur University fracas on September 19, she said the people of Bengal have seen what they (ABVP and BJP) did at the institute.

“They try to use wield power everywhere, bulldoze everything,” Banerjee added.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Sep 23, 2019 17:12 IST

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