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Mamata Banerjee Booked For Hate Speech On Assam's National Register of Citizens

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| January 5 , 2018 , 10:41 IST

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was on Thursday booked on charges of hate speech after her comments on the first draft of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC). Banerjee reportedly termed the updation of the NRC as a 'conspiracy' against Bengalis, alleging their exclusion from the first draft.

Several lawyers alleged that Banerjee's speech was inflammatory and could promote enmity between different groups, after which the FIR was filed.

All India Mahila Congress chief and Silchar MP Sushmita Dev meanwhile, backed the West Bengal CM.

"A large share of the Bengali population here also feels a conspiracy is brewing against them," said Dev.

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According to a report by the commissioner for linguistic minorities given in 2013, Bengali-speaking people account for 27.55% of Assam's population.

As per Dev, in upper Assam, which is dominated by tea tribes and the Ahoms, some districts had 70 percent of their population covered by the first draft of National Register of Citizens.

"However, in Bengali-dominated Cachar region, only 29% of the population has been covered," she added.

Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Borah alleged "deliberate negligence" in the verification of citizenship claims, submitting a memorandum to the registrar general of India.

Borah said that improper verification at 208 NRC Sewa Kendras of 13 districts resulted in the names of only 10% of the population appearing in the first draft.

The National Register of Citizens was launched with a goal of documenting the verifiable citizens of India, to crack down on and prevent illegal immigration, especially from nearby Bangladesh. The application process was launched in May 2015 and 6.5 crore documents were received from 68.27 lakh families in the state of Assam.

Currently, Assam is the only state having an NRC as it faced an influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century.

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PPFA asks Mamata to exercise restraint Jan 5: Expressing utter dismay over a responsible politician’s ‘communal’ remarks on the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) update in Assam, the Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) has urged the politicians to exercise restraint while making any public statement. The Assam-based forum, while reacting sharply to a recent outburst by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claiming that the NRC updating process in the State was a ‘conspiracy to drive away Bengalis’, also appealed to the conscious people of the neighbouring State to prevent their talkative Chief Minister from making such inflammatory statements. The much-awaited update of NRC of 1951 is undergoing in Assam following the directive (also monitoring) of the Supreme Court and the first draft of it comprising 1.9 crore applicants out of around 3.25 crore total applicants was released on the midnight of December 31, 2017. The second part of it is expected to be published by early this year. Contrary to the widespread apprehensions by various government and non-government agencies, no unpleasant incident took place in Assam in the last four days, even though many people, including a few high profile individuals, are yet to find their names in the draft. Rather everyone reportedly accepted the error sportingly and waits for necessary correction in the final NRC. “But shockingly West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tried to communalize the issue with queer logics. The Trinamool Congress chief has simply tried to play a cunning game as a few Bengali politicians of yesteryears, including Jyoti Basu (ex-CM of Bengal) along with a bunch of intellectuals, did the same during the Assam movement to deport illegal Bangladeshi migrants,” said the PPFA. In a statement, issued to the media outlets, the forum pointed out that the appeasement policies of Banerjee towards a particular community in West Bengal has seemingly compelled her to make such illogical comments. As she has been vehemently opposing the Centre’s Citizenship Amendment Bill one can easily get the idea of Ms Banerjee’s interested group of people, asserted the forum. The PPFA has finally urged the Bengal Chief Minister to think about the nation first than running behind her silly political interest. The forum also appeals to the Bengali-speaking people of the region to denounce Ms Banerjee’s comment which may spread misinformation and confusions across the country.