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Mamata Banerjee on NRC Final Draft : Trinamool Congress Cries Foul saying draft targets Bengali speaking Populace

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Guwahati: The NRC Final Draft was published today in Guwahati, on Monday. The exercise of NRC had begun in 2015 and a partial draft had been published on December 31, 2017. The final draft of the NRC has been published today amidst widespread anxiety and tight security arrangements across the state and the capital city Guwahati.

The Draft published today excludes 40,07,707 people out of 3.29 crores applicants, including people declared “foreigners” by the Foreigner Tribunals and their family members who have been referred to the tribunals by the Border Police, people whose cases are pending with the Foreigners’ Tribunals and the D-Voters may be excluded from the final NRC Draft.

Soon after the publication of the final draft of the NRC, comments came pouring in from politicos across the state and the Nation. While leaders from Assam have urged people to maintain calmness and not be afraid, Mamta Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has been voraciously condemning the NRC and has termed it as an “inhuman act”.

Earlier today, Trinamool MP from DumDum Sougata Roy had given an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha soon after the NRC Final Draft was published in Guwahati.

Party Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee later appealed to the Central Government to consider the NRC on humanitarian grounds. “There are so many people there in the jail, including women. Please consider this case on humanitarian grounds. Does central government have any rehabilitation package for them? Divide and rule policy will finish the country. This government will never speak to us (Bengal and Bangladesh). Assam people are helpless and cannot connect with us also. This is not only Bengali speaking people, of course. There are so many Biharis. Will they not protest if they are tortured? I cannot contact Bangladesh as it is an external affairs situation and is not my matter. But I will raise the issue, which Bangladesh will also oppose. This is a wrong decision and will affect the entire country — all caste, creed, and community. If I get the opportunity, I will meet home minister Rajnath Singh,” says Mamata Banerjee on NRC Assam issue.

In another statement, the Chief Minister said that she stands by the 40 lakh people who have not made it to the NRC Final Draft published today. “Rohingyas is a matter of another country. We could not send them away as per the UN resolution. But here Assamese are being driven away, who are actually Indians. Our people (Trinamool Congress) have already raised the issue in the Parliament, and I am going to Delhi today,” said the Trinamool Chief.

Mamata Banerjee has alleged that people who have Aadhar Cards and Passports also have been left out of the NRC Final Draft and that people were removed on the basis of surnames. “Is the Government trying to do forceful eviction?”, she asked

Her views have been reverberated by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Tathagata Satpathy who said that there is a need to study history again and check if Ahoms themselves were ‘indigenous’ people.