Opposing the Bill, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee said the NRC and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill have to looked at in unison. Calling the NRC a “lollipop” and the CAB as a “bigger lollipop”, Banerjee said, “This Bill is anti-India, anti-Bengali. It will rip apart the soul of Bengal because it attempts to discriminate between people who have the same culture, speak the same language…. The Bill targets Bengalis…”
He also said the government can demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, “but you cannot demonetise citizens of this country — you cannot demonetise the soul of Bengal”.
Describing the NRC as a “failed, botched up” process, Banerjee said: “NRC was a trap, CAB is a bigger trap…if religious persecution is the criteria then anyone facing that should be considered for citizenship. Why leave out Sri Lanka? And Myanmar which was actually a part of British India? This is actually a bigger jumla than NRC.”
Banerjee took potshots at the government recounting the list of people who had died in West Bengal following talk of NRC and how “ministers will be left embarrassed if asked to produce documents on their education.” The Bill, he said, is against Hindus because it seeks to create divisions between people who have the same language, culture and traditions.
Mamata: Citizenship can never be granted on basis of religion
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said citizenship can never be granted on the basis of religion in a secular country like India.
Referring to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Banerjee said, “It’s a divisive Bill and should be opposed at any cost. In a secular country like India, citizenship can never be accorded on the basis of religion.”
Reiterating that both the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAB are two sides of a coin, she assured the gathering that these will be never allowed in Bengal as long as the TMC is in power. “They can’t just throw out a legal citizen of this country or turn him/her a refugee,” Banerjee said.