AS BJP remains confused and yet to come out with a plan to help out the genuine Indians affected by NRC fiasco in Assam, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accused the saffron party of creating panic over the exercise. She said it has led to six deaths in the state. They failed to trace certain documents left behind by their forefathers .Addressing a trade unions’ meet in Kolkata on Monday, she iterated that she will not allow NRC exercise in the state. She recently came to Delhi and reportedly conveyed her opposition to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the exercise in the eastern state having 2,217 km border with Bangladesh. “NRC exercise will not be carried out in Bengal or anywhere else in country, it was conducted in Assam as part of the Assam accord,” she said.The Assam Accord was signed on August 15, 1985 between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students’ Union ending a six-year mass movement against immigrants allegedly settled illegally from Bangladesh.”Shame on the BJP for creating panic over National Register of Citizens in Bengal, it has led to six deaths. Have faith in me, I will never allow the exercise in Bengal,” Banerjee said without elaborating further. Over 19 lakh people in Assam have been excluded from the recently published final NRC, a proof of Indian citizenship. The BJP is not talking about job losses or the downward spiral of Indian economy, all it wants to do is serve its own political interests.”A rally will be taken out on October 18 against privatisation and shutting down of public sector units across the country. I will take part in it,” the TMC chief said. Referring to the recent Jadavpur University row on September 19 involving Union Minister of State Babul Supriya and some leftist students, she said the people of Bengal have seen what they (ABVP and BJP) did at the institute.”They try to wield power everywhere, bulldoze everything,” Banerjee said. The ruling TMC supremo slammed some media houses for allegedly bowing down to the BJP-led government at the Centre. Asked to comment on Mamata’s views on NRC, one political pundit says Mamata Banerjee led TMC was not only facing people’s angst over corruption despite initiating launching some populist schemes, but is also facing rout in the 2021 assembly elections. However, the flawed NRC seems to have given her a new lease of political life. Meanwhile, Amit Shah, Union Home Minister doubling as BJP’ National President, is arriving in Bengal on October 1.Besides reviewing the latest situation in the sensitive border state, he has been requested by the Bengal BJP to inaugurate some Durga puja fests. He will be preceded by BJP’s Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda. He will offer Tarpan on the occasion of Mahalaya in Kolkata heralding Devi Paksha and Nav Ratra. An unambiguous statement by the Home Minister on NRC is expected to allay people’s apprehension about NRC, said a political analyst.
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