NRC Issue: Assam Trinamool Congress chief quits party


Former Hajo MLA Dwipen Pathak, also the president of Assam unit of the Trinamool Congress, today (Aug 2) resigned from the party over party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s stand on the NRC update issue. Flaying the West Bengal chief minister’s stand on the NRC issue and for trying to create a division in the society on linguistic lines, the former Hajo legislator said he could never agree with her stand on the expulsion of 40 lakh people from the draft NRC that led to her drawing swords with the BJP. She had even gone to the extent of claiming that the developments in Assam will lead to “bloodbath and a civil war”.

“I can’t agree with what Mamata Banerjee said about the NRC update process, that the exercise aims to drive out Bengalis from Assam and that it could also lead to bloodbath and a civil-war-like situation,” Pathak said, adding that her extremely provocative comments with strong communal undertones might create disturbance and that he, as the State unit president of the party, will partly be held responsible for any untoward incidents.

“It’s because of all these reasons that I have resigned from the party,” the former Hajo MLA told NEWS LIVE.

Incidentally, two Assam Trinamool leaders — Diganta Saikia and Pradeep Pachoni — had quit from the party during News Live News Editor Nandan Pratim Sharma Bordoloi’s live talk show ‘Bisesh Ek Ghanta’ yesterday in protest against Mamata Banerjee playing petty politics over the NRC update exercise in Assam.