Will not allow NRC in Bengal, there will be no division on the basis of religion: Mamata

November 20, 2019 04:02 pm | Updated June 11, 2020 10:35 am IST - Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offers prayers at Madan Mohan Mandir, in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offers prayers at Madan Mohan Mandir, in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said she will never allow a National Register of Citizens exercise in the State.

"There are a few people, who are trying to create disturbance in the State in the name of implementation of NRC. I want to make it very clear, we will never allow NRC in Bengal,” she told a public rally in Murshidabad district.

Ms. Banerjee reiterated her opposition to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AMIM) and urged the people not to trust any outsiders.

She termed the Hyderabad-based party “agents of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”

“There are some who come from Hyderabad with bundles of money, hold meetings and say that they will fight for you. But how will they fight for you, they are the BJP’s biggest dalaals (agent). If there is anybody who will be able to fight for you, it is us who are still alive, who are still with the struggle,” the Chief Minister said.

This was the second time in the past two days Ms. Banerjee referred to the AIMIM. Addressing an administrative meeting in the district later in the day, she urged the police and district officials not to grant permission to outsiders. “Those from outside will have different interest. There is a party from Hyderabad with bags full of money. Don’t allow them. We will not associate with any extremism,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Ms. Banerjee visited the family members of the workers belonging to Murshidabad who were killed in Kashmir last month.

“I have instructed the district officials to build houses for them under the Bangla Awas Yojana”, she said, and later directed the administration to provide a job to Zahiruddin, the one worker who survived the attack in Kashmir.

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