If Voted To Power, We Will Implement NRC In West Bengal Too: BJP's Dilip Ghosh After Assam List

| July 31 , 2018 , 09:04 IST

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh in a statement on Monday said that if the BJP was voted into power in West Bengal, they would implement a National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state as well, along the lines of Assam, to send back illegal immigrants.

The final draft of the NRC for the state of Assam which was released on Monday sparked backlash from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as 40 lakh names were left out, despite 2.89 crore names being included on the final list out of the total 3.29 crore applicants.

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Accusing the government of divide and rule politics, CM Banerjee even offered the 40 lakh people who were not on the NRC list to move to West Bengal.

The BJP state president Dilip Ghosh condemned politicians for shedding 'shedding crocodile tears' over the release of the NRC list in Assam, which is the first state of the nation to have such a list, and said that such a list would be implemented in West Bengal as well.

"If we (BJP) are voted to power in Bengal, then we too will implement the NRC in the state. We will send back the illegal immigrants to Bangladesh. Tough days are ahead, we will not tolerate any illegal immigrants in Bengal," Ghosh told reporters, adding that those who will support the illegal immigrants will also be thrown out of the country.

"The NRC in Assam is being implemented following the orders of the court (Supreme Court). It was the Congress, which had proposed the idea of the NRC. Now they are speaking against it," Ghosh said.

Those who were not named in the final draft could appeal for rectification, "but we will never compromise on the security and integrity of our country", he said.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Opposition leaders of the Congress and Left Front condemned BJP's statements as ' anti-Bengali'.