Guwahati, January 10, 2018: Dragging the issue of updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged people of the state to give shelter to people from Assam “in case they are driven out from the neighbouring State.”
“You should remain alert. If someone comes here, give them shelter as your own, do not drive them out,” Ms. Banerjee said addressing a rally in north Bengal’s Alipurduar district. During 2012 Bodo-Muslim riots in west Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Council area, north Bengal accommodated many refugees from Assam.
Banerjee claimed that genuine citizens who speak Bengali along with many Hindi speaking people from Bihar were excluded from the updated NRC.
“There are many from the State from Alipurduar, Murshidabad, Malda, Jalpaiguri who have spent decades in Assam. There are many people from Assam who are living in Bengal, but we never discriminate,” she said, adding that 30% people residing in West Bengal are from other States.
The Chief Minister recalled the ethnic riots in Assam in 2012 and said that a large number of people from neighbouring State had then taken shelter in the bordering district of West Bengal.
Describing Assam as a border state, she said that she raised the issue because anything that happened in Assam concerned West Bengal.
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TNT News with inputs from The Hindu