Refugee colonies recognized in Bengal, no need to fear NRC, NPR or CAA: Mamata Banerjee

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: December 15, 2020 6:10:52 PM

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (File)

Addressing a rally in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said refugee settlements had been recognized in a state, and no one needed to fear the National Register of Citizens, the Citizenship Act (Amendment) and the National Population Register.

Banerjee also accused the BJP of trying to convert West Bengal to Gujarat “torn apart” and encouraged the Union government to impose the President’s Rule in the state. “BJP has created a new religion of riots and hatred between communities,” she asserted.

The top TMC reiterated that the convoy of BJP national president JP Nadda was not attacked and wondered why “convicted criminals” were accompanying him. “If the BJP and the central government think they can intimidate us by bringing in central forces and handing over state cadre officers, they are wrong. The Center is summoning our officers … No one wanted to hurt him (Nadda) or his convoy,” he said. Banerjee.

The explosion occurs at the moment when the BJP-led Center and the TMC government are locked in a new brawl after stones were thrown by alleged Trinamool guys at Nadda’s car cavalcade.

“Why did so many cars accompany his convoy?” Why did convicted criminals accompany him? The gorillas who vandalized Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust last year also accompanied Nadda … People get angry when they see such gorillas roam for free … I dare the Center to impose the President’s Rule in Bengal, ”Banerjee added.

She also accused the Center of meddling in the state jurisdiction by calling on IPS officers to serve under it.

Referring to a recent letter addressed to BJP Deputy Prime Minister Subramanian Swamy on a change of the national anthem, the Chief Minister said the people of the state will give the party an appropriate response if it goes ahead with such “bad luck”.

In his letter to Modi, Swamy argued that Tagore’s “Jana Gana Mana” which was adopted by Indian Constituent Assembly on 24 January 1950 as the national anthem of India, neither reflects post-independence Indian reality as it contains “Sindh” (which now lies in Pakistan) nor is it clear why this was written as the a poet wrote it in 1911.

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