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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says 'People left out of NRC draft are being harassed'

News Agencies | Updated on: 15 August 2018, 10:15 IST

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday claimed that people who were earlier left out of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) draft for Assam are now being harassed.

The Chief Minister underlined that out of 40 lakh people who could not make it to this final draft were majorly Hindus.

"The issue isn't about Hindu or Muslim. It's about citizenship. People have been left out because of their language. BJP leaders are thumping their chest to justify this NRC.

However, fake cases are being registered against people who have been left out from the NRC list in Assam. They are being harassed. 1200 people are already in a detention camp. Why are 400 companies of security forces being stationed in Assam?" Mamata Banerjee said at a press conference here.

Soon after the final draft was released, the Opposition cried foul and called the list "politically motivated", despite appeals against politicisation of the issue.

On August 1, the West Bengal Chief Minister had said that the NRC Draft would divide the people and create a civil war-like situation in the country.

Meanwhile, talking about One Nation One Election, Mamata Banerjee said: "It may be applicable for local elections. But, if tomorrow there is no stability and central government falls, how will the state government and central government go for elections again every time? Please be practical."



First published: 15 August 2018, 10:15 IST