Kolkata: After Assam, political slugfest over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is now taking the centre stage in Bengal.
Upbeat by the gains in the Lok Sabha polls in the state, while BJP has started pushing for NRC in Bengal, the Trinamool is going vociferous saying that it will deter such a move at any cost.
Led by party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool today 12 September took out a huge rally from Sinthee More to Shyambazar Crossing against a proposed NRC in the state.
This comes days after the West Bengal Assembly adopted a unanimous resolution against any bid by the Centre to introduce NRC in Bengal akin to Assam. Today, addressing a gathering at Shyambazar Crossing after the rally, Mamata Banerjee dared the BJP-led Centre to introduce NRC.
“There will not be any NRC in Bengal. It will be futile to target and trying to divide Bengal again, we will never bow down. Forget two-crore, I dare to touch even to touch two people of my state,” Banerjee said.
This was in response to a comment by BJP state president Dilip Ghosh earlier in the day that NRC will be introduced in Bengal and around two-crore illegal immigrants will be driven out.
Asking people to remain united, the Trinamool chief called it a struggle for existence.
“Out of 19-lakh dropped from NRC in Assam, a majority 12-lakhs are Hindus (Bengalis). Then there are Buddhists, Gorkhas, and Muslims.”
“Why should people be rendered stateless in an Independent nation? As long as I am alive, NRC will not be introduced in Bengal. After me, our next generation leaders will deter such attempts,” she thundered.
The Bengal CM advised BJP not to play with fire. “You suppressed people’s voice in Assam by unleashing the police but Bengal will never keep mum.”
Reacting to this, BJP state president said later in the afternoon: “We will thrash out all the illegal immigrants from Bengal. She (Mamata) will see this in her lifetime. People have already seen her empty threats as regards demonetisation, GST, triple talaq.”