Help ‘genuine Indians’ left out of NRC, Mamata to Shah

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 19

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed with him issues relating to NRC in Assam and sought his intervention to ameliorate miseries of genuine Indians belonging to Bengali, Bihari, Gorkha and Assamese communities, as they have been excluded from the final list. This was the CM’s first meeting with Shah as Home Minister of the country.

“I have come to meet the home minister to discuss about the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and told him that many genuine Indians were excluded from the list. I have requested him to do the needful so that they can be included in the NRC as they are in distress,” the CM said after the meeting.

Banerjee said among those who were excluded from the NRC include many Bengali, Bihari, Gorkhas and even Assamese. “I have requested him to examine their cases and resolve the issues,” she added. The final NRC, a list of Assam’s residents, was published on August 31, which excluded the names of 19 lakh people. “The Home Minister has assured that he would look into it,” the CM said. 

Asked whether there was any discussion on the implementation of the NRC in West Bengal, Banerjee said no such discussion has taken place but it was her stated position that such an initiative was not required in her state. “Even Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the NRC was not required in his state,” she said.

The chief minister said she has come to New Delhi after a long time and after she was given an appointment by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting. 

“Meeting the Prime Minister and the Home Minister is a constitutional obligation. Besides we have border issues with Bangladesh and Bhutan and state borders with Bihar and Jharkhand. We also have the sensitive ‘chicken’s neck’ (corridor connecting northeastern states with the rest of the country). So meeting with the Home Minister is in that context necessary,” Banerjee said, adding that during her meeting with the PM she had raised the issue of renaming the state.

Shah to address all bjp mps tomorrow 

  • With the government leading in celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, BJP president Amit Shah will address all party MPs and state office-bearers on preparations this Saturday
  • Party sources said Shah, who is also the Union Home Minister, will speak to MPs and other leaders via video-conference to lay out the action plan 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make some big announcement of single-use plastic on the upcoming 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation

‘My position clear, it’s Not needed in Bengal’

He (Amit Shah) did not say anything about NRC in West Bengal. I have already clarified my stand that NRC is not needed in West Bengal. — Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM

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