As parts of country especially the northeast rage against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has announced a mega rally against the law on December 16 in Kolkata. CM Mamata Banerjee will participate in the rally which is said to begin near the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar and end at Jorasanko in the state’s capital.
District organisations of Trinamool will organise protests on the issue of #CitizenshipAmendmentBill on December 2019 across the State
Another rally will be held from Jadavpur till Gandhi statue on Mayo Road on December 17
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) December 13, 2019
TMC has vehemently opposed the “unconstitutional” bill in both the houses of the parliament. With MP Abhishek Banerjee in Lok Sabha saying that the party “will fight till the last drop of blood but won’t allow NRC” in the state.
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) December 10, 2019
Rajya Sabha MP from the party Derek O’Brien went on to draw similarities between BJP’s law to that of Nazi Germany’s Nuremberg laws as he opposed the CAB in the parliament.
Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the bill and said, “I read that PM said this will be written in golden letters. I will tell you where it will be written; it will be written on grave of the father of the nation, but which father of the nation? In Karachi, on Jinnah’s grave,” he said.
O’Brien further said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. I want to go back 84 years to two laws passed in Nazi Germany, laws that have an eerie similarity to laws passed today.”
“In 1933, there were concentration camps… in 2018 we have detention camps where, by the way, 60 per cent are Bengali Hindus. In 1935, there were citizenship laws to protect people with German blood… today we have a faulty bill [Citizenship (Amendment) Bill] that wants to define who true Indian citizens are,” he said.
“In 1935 you needed an identity to prove your Aryan lineage… you were given something called an ‘ancestor pass’. In 2018 you need a piece of paper to prove you are an Indian citizen. In 1940 there was a plan to deport Jews… called Madagascar Plan. In 2018 we have the ‘Maha’ Plan, also called NRC,” the Trinamool Congress leader said.
“Jo desh mein hai, unka khayaal aap rakh nahin sakte, unko roti, kapda, makaan de nahin sakte, aur aap adhikar ki baat kar rahe hain? Samman ki baat kar rahe hain?”: @derekobrienmp #Parliament#CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) December 12, 2019
After the contentious Bill received President’s assent on Thursday night, TMC MP Mahua Moitra moved the Supreme Court against the law questioning its Constitutional validity.