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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Warns Centre of ‘Civil War’ over NRC

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NEW DELHI, July 31: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacked the Narendra Modi Government over the NRC in Assam on Tuesday, saying people are being victimized to win elections and it would lead to a bloodbath and civil war.

Addressing a conclave by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India here, Banerjee took several digs at the Modi-led Central government and accused it of interfering with the judiciary.

She alleged that names of people having valid documents were not included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the exercise was being carried out with a political motive which will be opposed.

It may be mentioned that the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Narendra Modi-led government of doing “vote politics”. The first complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), comprising names of 2,89,83,677 people of Assam, was published on Monday and 40,07,707 have been left out due to some discrepancies in their documents, according to officials. Banerjee also alleged people having Aadhaar card, voter identity and others documents were excluded as the authorities were “not satisfied”.

Also, she apprehended there would be problems in Bangladesh and West Bengal as it shares border with the northeastern state. The Bengal Chief Minister also alleged that the Modi government was trying to evict people “forcibly”.

“Forty lakh people including Hindus and Muslims were left out. All connections including internet have been disconnected which is unfortunate. Why were connections cut? We are not able to contact them. Is it an attempt to bulldoze them? We suspect.

“It is just a game plan to evict humanity and human beings forcibly and an attempt to isolate them in order to do vote politics. We do not believe in divide and rule policy,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat Nabanna.