“We will not allow CAA and NRC to happen in Bengal”: Mamata Banerjee

News Desk: While addressing a public meeting at Bongaon’s Gopalnagar, on Wednesday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of trying to divide Bengal on religious lines. She also slammed the center over talks of implementation of CAA in the state and also assured that the Matuas doesn’t require any citizenship certificate from the BJP.

She said “TMC will once again form the government in West Bengal with full majority. It is for sure that we will not allow CAA and NRC to happen in Bengal. BJP outsiders are trying to divide Bengal on religious lines. They are distributing money. I would like to request all my people across the state to keep an eye on these outsiders and lodge FIRs against those who are suspicious and involved in anti-democratic activities” 

She added “I have met all demands of the Matua people. We are also coming up with a university named after founders of the Matua community Harichand Thakur and Guruchand Thakur. We have also started various schemes to empower women in the state” 

The chief minister also talked about her relationship with Binapani Thakur, an influential leader of the community who died in March 2019 and also announced that the birth anniversary of Harichand Thakur would be declared as a government holiday. “When she (Binapani Thakur) was alive, I used to keep regular contact with her to know about her health. She was like my mother,” she said.

She further added “What else? I have done enough for the Matuas and am still serving the people despite facing severe fund crunch. Despite doing so much for the people, sometimes, I feel sad and feel like going away. I felt that people don’t want me.

I stood by you in every crisis for the last 20 years. When I became MP in 1984 from Jadavpur, I fought for your land rights. I regularised 94 refugee colonies, gave land patta…You don’t have to worry because you are already a citizen of India. Why do you need another citizenship?”