A day after meeting the Home Minister Amit Shah, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reiterated that there will not be any NRC exercise in the state.
Speaking to media Mamata Banerjee said “there will be no National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal. Nobody will be driven out of the state. People who have been living in Bengal for many years will remain here as lived all these years.”
Mamata Banerjee accused BJP of using NRC as a political tool. When asked about her meeting with the Home Minister, Banerjee said “there was no discussion regarding implementing NRC in Bengal and neither there will be one.”
The Chief Minister claimed that two persons died in Bengal over fear of NRC. One of the two dead allegedly committed suicide in Jalpaiguri district whereas another person died of illness while standing in a queue for many hours at the BDO office in South Dinajpur district for making corrections in his ration card.
Mamata Banerjee announced that the state government will provide financial assistance to the families of the deceased. She advised people to consider NRC only as part of BJP’s politics and not to panic.
Earlier on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she had raised the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in her meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah.
Mamata Banerjee told media after the meeting with the Home Minister at the North Block “I had firmly told the Union Minister not to have any NRC in West Bengal.”
Mamata Banerjee had reportedly requested the Home Minister to consider all the genuine voters who have been left out among the 19 lakh voters and that they should be given another chance.