Mamata Banerjee continues to play politics over NRC update


West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is once again trying to create a divide, stir communal discord and score political brownie points from the NRC update exercise. After claiming that the move to update the citizen’s register could lead to “bloodbath” and “a civil war”, the West Bengal chief minister literally exposed herself after claiming that the exercise in Assam will also impact West Bengal.

“Assam is a neighbouring state of West Bengal. It (NRC update exercise) will also affect us,” she said in what is now being seen among people of Assam as an attempt to create discord and upset harmony.

 Incidentally, Mamata Banerjee had expressed her unhappiness over the exclusion of over 40 lakh people from the final draft of the citizens’ register, blaming the BJP of playing a divide-and-rule game.

Meanwhile, a team of TMC leaders will arrive in Assam tomorrow amid stiff opposition from the State Government and the people. The eight-member TMC team will be lead by West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim and comprise six MPs and an MLA.

“By playing politics over the issue, Mamata Banerjee is in a way defying the Supreme Court since the entire exercise is being monitored by the apex court. We will not allow her to create communal discord and disturb law and order,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Assam Government spokesperson Chandra Mohan Patowary said.

“She is playing politics. The government should not allow the TMC delegation to come to Assam since their only aim is to create discord among the people,” a resident of Guwahati said.

On the other hand, an FIR has been registered against the West Bengal chief minister at Naharkatia Police Station in Dibrugarh district on the basis of a police complaint lodged by three BJYM activists.