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‘As long as I’m alive, CAA won’t be implemented in Bengal’: Mamata Banerjee

The West Bengal chief minister had on Thursday supported the students' protest across the country against CAA. She wondered today that why the students can vote to elect a government on turning 18 but not have the right to protest.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 27, 2019 5:34:01 pm
'As long as I'm alive, CAA won't be implemented in Bengal': Mamata Banerjee, detention centres Mamata’s comments came a day after a war of words between the BJP and the Congress on detention centres. (Express Photo/Partha Paul)

Amid row over detention centres for illegal migrants, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will not be implemented in Bengal as long as she is alive.

“As long as I am alive CAA will not be implemented in Bengal. No one has to leave the country or the state. There won’t be any detention centre in Bengal,” Banerjee said at a programme in Naihati.

The West Bengal Chief Minister had on Thursday supported the students’ protest across the country against CAA. She wondered today why the students can vote to elect a government on turning 18 but not have the right to protest.

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“Why can’t students protest against a draconian law? The Centre is taking action against protesting students and is rusticating them from universities,” she added.

The issue of CAA has been a major flashpoint in Bengal politics with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declaring that it will not be implemented in the state.

The state had witnessed violent protests and arson against the CAA and the proposed nationwide implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) earlier this month.

Mamata’s comments came a day after a war of words between the BJP and the Congress over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘no detention centres’ remark. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had on Thursday hit out at PM Modi for his remark at a rally in Delhi and alleged that “RSS’s Prime Minister lies to Bharat Mata”.

Gandhi attached a video, which purportedly shows an under-construction detention centre in Assam. “RSS’s Prime Minister lies to Bharat Mata,” Gandhi said in the tweet in Hindi with the hashtag ‘Jhoot Jhoot Jhoot (lies, lies, lies).

The BJP later slammed Gandhi for his tweet and said that he is “Jhooton ka sardar”. The saffron party claimed that detention camps in Assam were set up when the Congress was in power both at the Centre and the state.

-With PTI inputs

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