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NRC, Citizenship Bill lollipops to fool people, says Mamata Banerjee

The NRC had left out the names of 40 lakh people and it was only the Trinamool Congress that stood beside these people irrespective of their religion, Banerjee said while addressing an election rally

Press Trust of India  |  Dhubri 

Lok Sabha Elections 2019
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Bill are "two lollipops" being doled out by to "fool" the people of Assam, Chief Minister said on Friday.

The NRC had left out the names of 40 lakh people and it was only the that stood beside these people irrespective of their religion, Banerjee said while addressing an election rally here.

No political party supported the people whose names were left out from the list, but "we were always with them", she said.

"It was not only Muslims, but the names of 22 lakh Hindus and also Gorkhas, Biharis, Tamils and people from and have been left out from the NRC. We are fighting to get all of their names included," she said.

"Within two days after the NRC list was announced, I sent a team of my party to We were not allowed to go out of the airport and harassed," she said.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is another "lollipop" doled out by the BJP to "fool" the people of and deprive them of their rights, the TMC supremo said.

"All those who have come to the country before March 25, 1971, are citizens of the country and have voting rights. What is the BJP saying now? They will bring the Act and make you a foreigner...you will be deprived of basic rights, including education, health, visiting your places of worship and even voting rights," she added.

Modi is a "liar who is always fooling the people", she said.

"Five years ago he called himself a 'chaiwala', but now he has forgotten how to make tea and become a 'chowkidar' to siphon the poor peoples' money and give it to the rich," she alleged.

The government was considering to take over Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika's home in Kolkata and rename a road after the maestro to keep his legacy alive.

"I and the people in remember all his songs and we have offered to procure his home which is a private property", Banerjee added.

The is contesting nine of the 14 seats in the state, which is set to go to polls in three phases from April 11 to May 19.

First Published: Fri, April 05 2019. 15:01 IST