Kolkata, January 7: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday criticised the concept of applying for citizenship online under CAA without any physical verification.  Banerjee said that she would do everything possible to protect the people of the state, as long as she was alive.

Speaking at a gathering in South 24 Parganas, she said, "They say CAA has the option of online applications, but if they apply online, your physical existence has to be verified on the ground." She further asked, "Can rice be cooked online? They are telling a new lie (every day). They will snatch citizenship rights, and we will continue to eat a lollipop, is that what they think? This will not happen." Mamata Banerjee's #CaaCaaChiChi Slogan Against CAA Goes Viral, Watch Video.

She mentioned that some people might come to their doorstep and ask details on when were they or their family members born. CM advised them not to respond to those queries. Mamata further stated that those who don't have a birth certificate, need not worry because even she doesn't have one. She was quoted saying, "I was not born in a hospital and my mother couldn't recall the date. She used to tell me, I was born during Sandhi Puja, but this can't take away the fact that I have lived in this state for years."

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