BJP rally in Kolkata demanding a NRC for Bengal. File Photo.
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Kolkata: West Bengal Assembly has earmarked a two-hour slot to register its protest against any move by the Centre to prepare a National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal emulating Assam.

The move comes amidst statements by some national leaders of the BJP that NRC exercise will be started in Bengal to identify and deport illegal immigrants from Bangladesh residing in the state.

In a meeting today 4 September, the business advisory committee of the Bengal legislature earmarked the time after both the ruling Trinamool and opposition Congress and Left said that they want to move resolutions against NRC.

There will be two simultaneous resolutions ~ one from Trinamool and another jointly from the Left-Congress ~ to discuss the plight of 19-lakh people who have been excluded from the NRC in Assam. At the same time, it will resolve to scuttle any such move in Bengal.

The discussion on the resolutions will be held in Bengal Assembly on 6 September. Prominent leaders of the Trinamool, Congress, and the Left parties will take in the discussion. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will herself lead Trinamool in the discussion.

BJP will be the only political party who will not participate in the discussion against NRC. It did not recommend the name of any MLA for the discussion when Speaker Biman Banerjee allotted time to the parties.

Trinamool has also called for rallies in all the districts of Bengal on 7 and 8 September expressing solidarity with the 19-lakh people who have been rendered stateless by the NRC exercise in Assam.

It will then hold a mega rally in Kolkata on 12 September on the issue and the Chief Minister will be in attendance.

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