Trinamool Congress chief, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a three day visit to the national capital called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah today.
Speaking to reporters outside North Block Mamata said, “I did not discuss anything about Bengal. I firmly told the home minister that we do not want NRC in West Bengal.”
“I handed over a letter to him and told him that of the 19 Lakh people left out of NRC in Assam, many are Hindi speaking, Bengali speaking and local Assamese. Many genuine voters have been left out. This should be looked into. He did not say anything about NRC in West Bengal,” said the West Bengal Chief Minister.
Mamata’s reiteration on NRC comes when Home Minister at an event on Wednesday said that NRC will not be just limited to Assam. Addressing a rally in Jamtara in Jharkhand, Shah said that all illegal migrants will be sent out of the country.
The West Bengal chief minister, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. She described it as a “(state) government to (central) government” meeting and said the discussion was mostly on development issues of the state, as well as its proposed name change to ‘Bangla.’
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh told reporters in Bengal on Wednesday that he was happy that Mamata Banerjee’s “good sense” had prevailed that she met the Prime Minister. “But I think it’s too late. Her attempts to save herself and her party from the CBI will not yield any results,” he claimed.
Several Trinamool Congress leaders and former Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar have come under the CBI scanner in connection with a ponzi scam related to the Saradha group. The Saradha group of companies allegedly cheated lakhs of people of Rs2,500 crore, promising higher rates of return on their investments.
(With inputs from PTI)