Mamata Banerjee targets BJP over NRC, Sarmahttps://indianexpress.com/elections/nrc-citizenship-bill-lollipops-to-fool-people-mamata-banerjee-5660606/

Mamata Banerjee targets BJP over NRC, Sarma

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is another "lollipop" doled out by the BJP to "fool" the people of Assam and deprive them of their rights, the TMC supremo said.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

At her first election rally in Assam on Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee slammed the BJP over the NRC and the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

“When the NRC draft was announced, names of 40 lakh people were excluded. It is a deep-rooted conspiracy. After the draft NRC was announced, many committed suicide. In some cases, the name of the mother has been excluded, while the name of the child is there. The wife’s name is excluded but the husband’s is there. After a revision of the list, names of 22 lakh Hindu Bengalis, nearly 23 lakh Muslims, Gorkhas and people from other regions have been removed. They have kept even women and children in detention camps. How can they do that? Give Trinamool a chance, we will fight for your rights in Parliament,” Mamata said at the rally in Dhubri. The Trinamool Congress is contesting nine Lok Sabha seats in Assam.

“I had sent a party delegation to Guwahati to meet the affected people. But, they were stopped at the airport and assaulted. An FIR was filed against me so that I could not enter Assam. They are trying to divide people on religious lines. We do not believe in the politics of division,” she added.

The TMC chief also targeted the government for bringing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which she said will turn genuine citizens into foreigners. “BJP is giving you two lollipops — NRC and Citizenship Bill. They are misleading you. In the Citizenship Amendment Bill, you will be a foreigner for six years, then you will be given citizenship. What will you do in these 6 years? What about your job, school?”

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She also said that the BJP government has not taken any action against Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma for his alleged involvement in a chit fund scam.

“Modi babu gives big speeches about chit funds in West Bengal but does not utter a word in Assam. It was our government which arrested the chit fund owner. But what about Himanta Biswa Sarma’s connections. We have all the proof. The Saradha company owner had named him in a document and had said he had given him Rs 3 crore. Was action taken against him?” Mamata asked.

Mamata addressed another rally at Naxalbari in North Bengal, where she accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of neglecting Darjeeling in the last five years. “This time, we have given ticket to a ‘bhoomiputra’, a resident of Darjeeling. We do not want divisive politics, riots, violence or arguments. We want peace. Plains and hills are together. During the 2016 Assembly elections, the Prime Minister promised to open all tea gardens, but they did not keep their promise. They sought votes on the plank of Gorkhaland last time. After that, they neglected Darjeeling,” she said.