This Article is From Sep 23, 2019

"Shame On BJP For Creating Panic": Mamata Banerjee On Citizens' List

Criticising the BJP for "undermining democratic values" in the country, the Chief Minister said, "Democracy exists in Bengal but it is under threat in several other parts of the country."

'Shame On BJP For Creating Panic': Mamata Banerjee On Citizens' List

Mamata Banerjee criticised the BJP for "undermining democratic values". (File)

Kolkata:

Accusing the BJP of creating panic over Assam Citizens' List, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday claimed it has led to six deaths in the state.

Addressing a trade unions meet in Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress chief said that she will not allow such an exercise in Bengal.

"NRC exercise will not be carried out in Bengal or anywhere else in country, it was conducted in Assam due to Assam accord," she said.

The Assam Accord, an agreement signed in 1985 between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students' Union, had ended a six-year mass movement against immigrants alleged to have settled illegally from Bangladesh.

"Shame on the BJP for creating panic over NRC in Bengal, it has led to six deaths. Have faith in me, I will never allow the exercise in Bengal," Ms Banerjee said, without elaborating further.

Criticising the BJP for "undermining democratic values" in the country, the Chief Minister said, "Democracy exists in Bengal but it is under threat in several other parts of the country."

The BJP is not talking about job losses or the downward spiral of Indian economy, all it wants to do is serve own political interests, she maintained.

Referring to the recent Jadavpur University fracas on September 19, she said the people of Bengal have seen what they (ABVP and BJP) did at the institute.

"They try to use wield power everywhere, bulldoze everything," Ms Banerjee added.