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There will be ‘civil war' if NRC forced on West Bengal: Mamata tells Rajnath

By Vikas

New Delhi, July 31: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the release of the first National Register of Citizens (NRC) list in Assam and asked the latter for assurance that the Union Government will not harass people.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Banerjee said that she has asked the Home Minister to amend the NRC bill.

Mamata Banerjee speaking to media (Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

"I asked him to amend NRC Bill or bring the new bill. He has assured me they (govt) will not harass people. I also spoke to him about reports of NRC being implemented in Bengal, I told him that if such a thing happens there can be a civil war," she said.

The Home Minister said that draft NRC had been published in accordance with the provisions of Assam Accord.

"I told her that draft NRC had been published in accordance with the provisions of Assam Accord and as per decisions taken in a tripartite meeting on Feb 05'05 between the Centre, State Government of Assam and All Assam Students Union to update NRC, 1951," Singh said as per ANI report.

"Nobody will be harassed in this entire process and at every stage of the process, adequate opportunity of being heard will be given to all persons. The draft NRC has been prepared in accordance with the law under the monitoring of the SC," he added.

Trinamool Congress has also decided to send an eight-member delegation to Assam later this week to assess the situation in the north-eastern state in the wake of the publication of the final draft of the NRC. Nearly 40 lakh people were declared 'outsiders' in the NRC draft released on Monday.

Mamata Banerjee had earlier accused the BJP-led central government of resorting to "vote-bank politics" with regard to the NRC. "Indian citizens have become refugees" in their own land, she had said.

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