Only to win elections people can't be victimised, says Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, July 31: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said she doesn't want to see her 'motherland divided' in the name of identity, expressing her displeasure with Assam NRC released on Thursday.
Speaking a conference on 'Love For Neighbour' at Delhi's Constitution Club, Banerjee said, "India needs a change and that change must come in 2019 for the betterment of the world."
The Trinamool Congress chief only to win elections people can't be victimised.
"Only to win polls people can't be victimised. Don't you think people who's name isn't on the list will lose a part of their identity? Please understand India-Pakistan-Bangladesh were one before partition. Whoever came from Bangladesh to India till March 1971 is an Indian citizen," Banerjee said.
"If Bengalis say Biharis can't stay in Bengal, South Indian people say North Indians can't stay there and North Indians say South Indians can't stay here. What will be state of this country, because we are together? Our country is a family," she asked.
She was surprised to see that the names of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed's family members are not on the NRCAssam list.
She assured that her government will not allow this to happen in Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee further said that more than 40 lakhs people have been made refugees in their own country.
"What is going on in Assam? The NRC problem. It is not only the Bengalis, it is the minorities, it is Hindus, it is Bengalis, it is Biharis. More than 40 lakhs people voted yesterday for the ruling party and suddenly today they have been made refugees in their own country."