The National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Bill are “two lollipops” being doled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “fool” the people of Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said as polls campaign heated up in India.
The NRC had left out the names of 40 lakh people and it was only the Trinamool Congress that stood beside these people irrespective of their religion, Mamata said while addressing an election rally in Naxalbari near Siliguri yesterday.
No political party supported the people whose names were left out from the list, but “we were always with them”, she said.
“It was not only Muslims, but the names of 22 lakh Hindus and also Gorkhas, Biharis, Tamils and people from Kerala and Rajasthan have been left out from the NRC. We are fighting to get all of their names included,” she said.
“Within two days after the NRC list was announced, I sent a team of my party to Assam. We were not allowed to go out of the airport and harassed,” she said.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is another “lollipop” doled out by the BJP to “fool” the people of Assam and deprive them of their rights, the TMC supremo said.
Prime Minister Modi is a “liar who is always fooling the people”, she said.
The Trinamool Congress is contesting nine of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state, which is set to go to polls in three phases from April 11 to May 19.
Meanwhile, Modi and his rivals in the main opposition camp yesterday traded barbs over a number of issues as they travelled around the country to address rallies.
Addressing a rally in Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, the prime minister said "some people" did not like the fact that terrorists are being given a reply in their own language.
And Rahul Gandhi, who is campaigning in Pune, without naming Modi said he won't hide behind hatred and anger.
“Hatred is cowardice. I don't care if the entire world is full of hatred. I am not a coward. I will not hide behind hate and anger. I love all living beings, including those temporarily blinded by hatred,” he tweeted.