Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has vowed to stand by the Bengalis of Assam, a large section of whom are apprehensive of being branded foreigners following the update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
“A Bengali Khedao (drive out Bengalis) move is on in Assam right now. We love Assam. Let me assure the Bengalis there that we will stand by them,” Banerjee said addressing her party’s annual Martyrs Day public meeting at Esplanade in Kolkata today noon.
She did not elaborate on exactly how her government or party plans to stand by the Bengalis of Assam who are now living under the constant threat of being ousted from the land that has been there motherland for several centuries.
The NRC is being updated only in Assam after a Guwahati-based NGO moved a PIL in the Supreme Court demanding the implementing of the Assam Accord of 1985 going by which, anyone who came to live in Assam after 24 March 1971 will be treated as a foreigner.
People are required to furnish documents establishing that his / her parents were living in Assam before the cut of date. Old documents issued by the gram panchayats and names in voters list before 1971 are not being considered a valid proof.
The final draft of the updated NRC is due to be published by 30 July.