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BJP can’t give citizenship to Matuas, they already have it: Mamata | India News – Times of India


BADURIA/HINGALGANJ/BIJPUR: Accusing the BJP of giving false guarantees to the members of the politically vital Matua neighborhood on citizenship, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday claimed that these folks have already been given all rights as residents.
Banerjee, additionally the Trinamool Congress supremo, claimed that if the saffron occasion is voted to energy, it’s going to preserve the folks of West Bengal in detention camps because it has achieved to “14 lakh Bengalis” in Assam.
“Your Didi (the CM herself) has already ensured citizenship right of the Matuas by facilitating land deed to every refugee occupying government or private lands. Why is the citizenship issue being raked up again?” she mentioned at public conferences held in North 24 Parganas district.
Matuas, initially from East Pakistan, are a weaker part of Hindus who migrated to India through the Partition and after the creation of Bangladesh.
The Matua neighborhood, with an estimated inhabitants of three million within the state, can tilt the scales in favour of a political occasion in additional than 30 meeting seats in Nadia, and North and South 24 Parganas districts bordering Bangladesh.
It as soon as stood behind the TMC however had supported the BJP within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP is saying that it’s going to present citizenship to them if voted to energy.
“If your (Matua’s) children study in educational institutes, if you have electricity and telephone connection in your name and address, you are already a citizen. How can the BJP promise you citizenship again?” Banerjee mentioned at Baduria.
She mentioned that her authorities has declared a vacation on the birthday of Harichand Thakur, the non secular guru of the Matuas, however the saffron occasion didn’t do it in states dominated by it.
The BJP is shedding crocodile tears for the backward neighborhood to win votes, the TMC boss claimed.
A couple of folks from the Matua neighborhood are spreading misinformation to assist the BJP, she alleged.
“The (West Bengal) government is inclusive. It has tried to reach out to every community and sect,” the chief minister mentioned.
At one other ballot assembly in Bijpur, she referred to the allowance given to each Durga puja committee, and stipends offered to Hindu clergymen and Imams.
“We don’t discriminate. We reach out to every community unlike the BJP which only sow the seeds of discord,” Banerjee mentioned.
Accusing the saffron occasion of conspiring to preserve folks of the state in detention camps, she mentioned, “If you don’t want to share the fate of 14 lakh Bengalis in Assam, if you don’t want your names to be deleted from electoral rolls following the exercise of NPR (National Population Register), prevent the BJP from coming to power.”
Only the TMC can forestall the BJP from coming to energy in West Bengal and solely her occasion is placing up a battle in opposition to the saffron occasion, she claimed.
She additionally known as for forming squads “to reply to the BJP’s gun and bombs”.
At Hingalganj, Banerjee promised {that a} separate district will likely be carved out of Sunderbans by her authorities in future.

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