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Amit Shah for nationwide NRC, Mamata says not in West Bengal

"A few people" are trying to foment trouble in the state in the name of NRC, Mamata said

Wednesday November 20, 2019 7:05 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

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New Delhi: The National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented nationwide, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, asserting that no person from any religion need to be afraid of it.

"The NRC exercise is monitored by the Supreme Court. No religion has been targeted or isolated during the NRC exercise," said Amit Shah responding to a query of Congress leader Syed Nasir Hussain who asked whether the NRC provides citizenship to immigrants of six non-Muslim faiths.

Amit Shah further said NRC and The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, which lapsed on June 3, 2019, are two different issues and both should not be seen through one prism.

On the other hand, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured people that her government will never allow preparation of any such list.

Addressing a public meeting at Sagardighi of Murshidabad district Wednesday, Banerjee said nobody can take away the citizenship of any person and make him/her a refugee.

She also challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party to clarify why the names of 14 lakh Hindus and Bengalis were left out of the final NRC brought out in Assam.

Targeting the BJP without naming it, Banerjee said "a few people" were trying to foment trouble in the state in the name of NRC.

"A few people are trying to foment trouble in the state by saying that NRC exercise will be carried out in Bengal. I would like to make it very clear, that we will never allow the NRC exercise in Bengal," she said.

"We won't allow anybody to divide people on the basis of religion," she added.

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