After Assam, BJP now wants NRC in West Bengal

After Assam, BJP now wants NRC in West Bengal

Courtesy : NJ01/08/2018 09:02

Following the release of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, BJP leaders have issued statements demanding a similar NRC in West Bengal.
Reacting to the publication of the NRC final draft in Assam, where 40 lakh people been have left out of the list, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, "More than a crore illegal citizens live in Bengal too. What will happen to them now? Who will speak on their behalf? We won't spare anyone. They will have a very bad time."
With CM Mamata Banerjee declaring that the Trinamool Congress-run state government will not push back refugees from Assam trying to seek shelter in West Bengal, Ghosh threatened, "Those who are supporting them should also keep their bags packed."
"Whoever will work against the national interest of the country, will have to go to Bangladesh. We won't spare anyone. Be it Congress, CPI(M) or TMC," Ghosh said, adding that the TMC was trying to mislead people about the NRC exercise.
Dismissing Ghosh's threats, the ruling TMC alleged that the BJP was trying to divide the country by fuelling regionalism.
"BJP may be in power in Delhi but they have no influence in Bengal. Dilip Ghosh can try all his life but he won't be able to do anything here. Under the rule of Mamata Banerjee, everyone lives in harmony in Bengal. What do they want, do they want to break the country with?" TMC leader Firhad Hakim asked.
Organisations like Bangla Pokkho, that fights for the rights of the Bengali community has also condemned Ghosh's remarks.
"Dilip Ghosh has threatened one crore Bengalis because Bengalis do not vote for a party of outsiders, a party of communal fascists and riot mongers like BJP. If they come to the holy soil of Bengal to foment trouble then Bengalis will give them a response that their fourteen generations will not forget," said Garga Chatterjee, member of the group.
The final draft of Assam's NRC was released on Monday. More than 40 lakh people were left out of the final draft. These 40 lakh people have an option of appealing/objecting to the NRC but if there name isn't there in the final list, they will be not be deemed as citizens of India. 

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