Mamata Banerjee Reiterates NRC Will Not Be Implemented in West Bengal, Says ‘It Will Destroy Peace’
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Photo Credits: PTI)

Kolkata, October 21: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be carried out in the state. Addressing a gathering, Trinamool Congress president said that Bengal is a place of peace and the NRC will destroy the peace. The CM had iterated on earlier occasions that NRC will not happen in West Bengal. Six Deaths in West Bengal Due to Panic Over NRC, Will Never Allow Citizenship Drive Here: Mamata Banerjee.

"It is our democratic right to live in our nation when we are casting our votes here. Bengal is a place of peace and the NRC will destroy that peace, I strongly oppose this. Our government was with you, and will be with you forever," Banerjee said. Mamata Banerjee Meets Amit Shah, Expresses Concern Over 'Wrongful' Exclusion From NRC in Assam.

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"No one can remove citizens from their own states. Bengal does not need NRC and it will surely not be implemented here. I believe in all religions and no citizen will have to leave their place, whether they are Bengali or from any other religion," she added.

This development comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah had repeatedly said that NRC would be implemented in Bengal to throw out infiltrators.

NRC is a register maintained by the Indian government which contains the names and other information of Indian citizens. The register was first prepared after 1951 Census of India. Since then it was not updated until recently. Assam became the first state to update it.