Sticking to her hardline stand against the NRC, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has now challenged the BJP on the issue.
She has assured the people that National Register of Citizens will not be allowed in the state and the Bharatiya Janata Party would have to get past her if the saffron party wants to touch them.
Urging the people to make sure that their names are in the voters’ list, Banerjee accused “local leaders” of the BJP of spreading canards about the possibility of implementing the NRC in the state.
“I assure the people of West Bengal that do not worry if you have faith in me. Nobody will have to leave West Bengal. You will continue to stay here as you have been all these years. If they (BJP) want to touch you, they would have to get past Mamata Banerjee first,” she told reporters after reaching the city from New Delhi.
During her Delhi visit she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and pointed out the flaws in the NRC.
The Trinamool Congress supremo stressed that the NRC was meant for Assam and she went to New Delhi to inform the Home ministry about the ordeal of the people of that state.
The final NRC, a list of Assam’s residents and published on August 31, excluded the names of 19 lakh people.