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Citizens' List Will Destroy Relationship With Bangladesh: Mamata Banerjee

Citizens' List Will Destroy Relationship With Bangladesh: Mamata Banerjee

Banerjee has stepped up attack against the ruling BJP over the draft National Register of Citizens in Assam, which reportedly excludes 40 lakh people from the list.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while responding to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi backing her as opposition's choice of Prime Minister in 2019 said that they will sit and decide.

Separately, a number of political parities held a protest outside the parliament, accusing the BJP of trying to divide the society and making Indian citizens become refugees in their own country.

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She said only one per cent of the 40 lakh residents, whose names are missing from the draft NRC, could be infiltrators, but people are being "harassed" in the name of infiltrators.

The West Bengal Chief Minister is expected to meet leaders of 14 opposition parties and some NDA allies in Parliament today. 'The politics of India is tolerance. "Therefore, the issue must be discussed", she had said. The TMC chief said she has also urged former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha to visit the state. What brought about this change of heart for Mamata Banerjee? "As a member of this House, I also have the right to raise issues of concern to my people", she had said, attributing motives to the Speaker. According to the terms of the exercise, anyone who could not prove that they or their ancestors had entered the state before midnight on March 24, 1971, would be declared a foreigner. Is it a crime that Bangladesh and we (West Bengal) share the same mother tongue?

Mamata had then said she would resign if she was not given a chance to speak in the House, a resignation Chatterjee later rejected. The draft list will be made available to public on August 7 and those left out of the list can file complaints from August 30 to September 28.


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