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Won't allow NRC in Bengal: Mamata

Wont allow NRC in Bengal: Mamata

Sagardighi: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday challenged the Centre on the contentious NRC issue and reiterated that she will never allow the exercise in the state.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said a citizen's register on the lines of the NRC exercise in Assam will be implemented across the country.

Stating that the NRC in Assam was part of Assam Accord signed during the tenure of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, she said the exercise can never be implemented across the country.

"There are a few people who are trying to create disturbance in the state in the name of implementation of NRC. I want to make it very clear that I will never allow NRC in Bengal as long as I am in power in the state," she said at Sagardighi.

Stating that BJP was trying to induce fear psychosis among the people in the name of NRC, she said: "What happened to Assam where the names of 12 lakh Hindus were deleted from the list?"

She further maintained: "You should not worry about NRC and if any member of your family suffers from depression due to thinking about it constantly, tell him or her that you have a Didi."

She also appealed to the people not to get swayed by the "imported" Hindu and Muslim leaders from other states who are spreading canards and fundamentalism to create a divide among the two communities in Bengal.

Without naming Asaduddin Owaisi, leader of the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Banerjee said: "An imported leader who is basically a BJP agent, had come to the state to distribute money among the Muslims. Do not get swayed by what they said. Be scared of the fundamentalist Hindu and Muslim leaders who are trying to divide the two communities to tarnish the long-cherished secular image of the state."

Urging the youths to follow the path of Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath and Nazrul, she added: "They showed us the path of liberalism and harmony. We welcome people from other states like Rajasthan, Bihar and Kashmir to work here in Bengal and all live here peacefully and happily. This is our culture and tradition and the responsibility lies with the younger generation to uphold this ideal."

Speaking on the supply of coal in Sagardighi thermal power plant, Banerjee assured that there won't be any problem regarding the same. The state government has spent Rs 18.12 crore to help 645 clubs and 34 gyms and mini stadiums are coming up in Murshidabad. The Kanyashree, Yubashree and Swasthya Sathi projects have all benefitted the people enormously, she maintained.

She visited the houses of the five migrant labourers who were killed by the terrorists in Kashmir recently. The state government will give Rs 50,000 each to the next of kin of the deceased. Earlier, the state government had given Rs 5 lakh to their families.

Banerjee instructed the District Magistrate to repair the houses of the deceased under the Bangla Abas Yojna, adding that a bus stand will be named after the deceased migrant labourers.

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