As NRC fear engulfs West Bengal, Mamata says 11 committed suicide
With the NRC becoming a political hot potato in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Wednesday 11 people have committed suicide fearing loss of citizenship. Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya asserted the exercise will be undertaken in the state but no Hindu will be deported.
Last week, Banerjee called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah and raised the issue of NRC. “He [Shah] did not say anything about NRC in West Bengal. I have already clarified my stand that the NRC is not needed in West Bengal,” Banerjee told reporters after the meeting.
“I handed over a letter to him, told him that of the 19 lakh people left out of NRC [in Assam], many are Hindi speaking, Bengali speaking and local Assamese. Many genuine voters have been left out. This should be looked into. I submitted an official letter,” she further said.…
- NRC fuels war of words in Bengal and a rush for citizenship proof (Sep 26, 2019, Times of India)
- Panic grips Bengal as both BJP & TMC raise pitch over NRC, Mamata calls for calm (Sep 27, 2019, India Today)
- Centre Will Reintroduce Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament in November, Says Himanta Biswa Sarma (Sep 23, 2019, News18)
- Long queues in Kolkata for birth certificates amid NRC panic (Sep 25, 2019, Times of India)