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NPR halt appeal to other states

The Bengal chief minister lambasted the Narendra Modi government again for its citizenship thrusts
Mamata Banerjee

Our Special Correspondent   |   Calcutta   |   Published 14.02.20, 09:01 PM

The chief minister on Friday said she would write to other non-BJP state governments, urging them to stop work on the National Population Register, reaffirming her commitment against allowing it in Bengal.

The Bengal chief minister said there was no question of allowing work to resume on the NPR in the state and lambasted the Narendra Modi government again for its citizenship thrusts.

She told the Assembly of her plan to write to other states ruled by non-BJP forces to understand the need to put the exercise on hold.

“The NRC or the NPR will not happen in Bengal. We stopped work on the NPR as soon as we realised what was wrong with it, what they are trying to do to facilitate the NRC. I urge other states to appreciate the seriousness of the matter,” Mamata said.

“If need be, I will write to them. The governments of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab…. Everybody must understand where they (the Centre) are trying to go with this,” she added.

On January 27, Bengal had become the fourth state in the country to have a resolution passed in the Assembly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, NPR and the nationwide NRC. All parties, except the BJP, joined forces to condemn the law.

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