Guwahati, April 7, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 7th, 2019 launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her home turf and said that Didi is trying to mislead people on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that rocked Northeast.
“We brought in National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to identify the infiltrators. Didi and her friends tried to unsuccessfully stop it. Your Chowkidar brought the Citizenship Amendment bill. Our effort was to provide protection to the children of Mother India, who have faith in the country. Didi is trying to mislead people through lies,” said Modi, addressing a rally at West Bengal’s Cooch Behar.
It may be noted Banerjee said in Assam’s Dhubri that the NRC and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are “two lollipops” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to fool the people of Assam.
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— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 7, 2019
“Around 40 lakh people didn’t find their names in the final draft of NRC and only the Trinamool Congress stood beside these people irrespective of their religion. Not a single political party came forward to support these people but we will always be with them,” she said.
“Another lollipop that is the Citizenship Bill was doled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fool the people and to deprive of their rights in their own state,” she added.
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship. In other words, it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said the Centre did not pass much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha respecting the interests of the people of the Northeast.