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Mamata Banerjee's hypocrisy on the NRC issue
Power can make people hypocritical and Mamata Banerjee is no exception. Not only is her current stand on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) opportunistic but her Tuesday's remark that exclusion of 40 lakh people from the NRC may lead to "bloodbath" and "civil war" was provocative in nature owing to poor choice of words. Moreover, Mamata's comment had the potential of breeding animosity between communities in Assam.

Assam state Congress leaders, who know the ground reality of Assam, straight away condemned Mamata Banerjee. Ripun Bora, the Assam state Congress chief, posted the below tweet:

Even former Congress Chief Tarun Gogoi condemned Mamata Banerjee and said, "Mamata Banerjee should not worry about what happens in Assam. She should be bothered with the politics of West Bengal. There is no question of harassment of genuine Indian citizens in the name of NRC updation. We are here to protect each genuine Indian citizens from harassment."  

The above two reactions from Congress leaders of Assam are a testimonial that the central leadership of the Congress isn't aware of real issue, which concerns permanently stopping illegal intrusions into the state.

One may recall the ugly behaviour of Mamata Banerjee inside the well of the Parliament way back in 2005. She had given a notice for an adjournment motion to discuss the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in West Bengal. Mamata had created a commotion and thrown a bunch of papers at the erstwhile Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee after the latter rejected her notice.

Ironically, the same Mamata Banerjee, who is now opposing the NRC draft, was in 2005 quoted by The Telegraph as saying, "Illegal migrants from Bangladesh are also part of the voters' list in West Bengal. The state government has done nothing about it. Therefore, the issue must be discussed."

Interestingly, the CPI (M) was ruling West Bengal at that time while the Congress was in power at the Centre with support from the Left front.

In 2011 census, the Muslim population in West Bengal stood at 27.1 per cent. The point to be noted that while Hindu population grew @10.80 per cent between 2001 and 2011 (from 58104835 in 2001 to 64385546 in 2011), Muslim population in the state grew in the same period @21.13 per cent (from 20240543 in 2001 to 24654825 in 2011). From this, it can be ascertained that this double growth rate of Muslim population was a direct result of mass infiltration by illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants into West Bengal whoa are also now enrolled in the voter list.

In 2011, Mamata Banerjee had won the West Bengal Assembly election banking upon the anti-incumbency of the Left front owing to their 34 years of misrule in the state. But after assuming power Mamata Banerjee continued from where the Left front had left. She used these illegal Bangladeshi as her vote bank which led to her landslide victory in the 2016 Assembly election. Many in West Bengal fear that the Muslim population might have reached up to forty per cent, something which can only be confirmed after the 2021 census.

What's probably worrying Mamata is that NRC might soon be introduced in her state, a move which will severely affect her prospects in future elections. But in supporting illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, the West Bengal CM is distancing herself from the indigenous Bengalis.

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