Congress, Left Front accuse TMC of shedding ‘crocodile tears’ over NRC after ruling party rejects demand to discuss issue in West Bengal Assembly

  • The Congress and the Left Front since the beginning of the special session of the Assembly from 26 August have been demanding discussion over various issues such as price rise

  • But their demands were allegedly 'outright' rejected in the House

  • The TMC has termed the allegations as baseless

Kolkata: The Opposition in West Bengal, Congress and the Left Front on Tuesday accused the Trinamool Congress of shedding 'crocodile tears' over NRC in Assam after the ruling TMC rejected their demand to discuss the NRC in the Assembly.

The Congress and the Left Front since the beginning of the special session of the Assembly from 26 August have been demanding discussion over various issues such as price rise, implementation of pay commission under the Rule 185 of the Assembly. But their demands were allegedly “outright” rejected in the House.

 Congress, Left Front accuse TMC of shedding ‘crocodile tears’ over NRC after ruling party rejects demand to discuss issue in West Bengal Assembly

File image of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

After the publication of the final NRC list on 31 August, the Congress and the Left Front are demanding discussion on the final NRC list. "But this demand too was not accepted. So we feel that TMC is not at all bothered about the sufferings of the masses who have been left out after the final NRC. If they were serious, they should have allowed the discussion.

“Actually TMC and BJP are having an understanding and that is why TMC is averse on a discussion on this topic," Leader of opposition and Congress leader Abdul Mannan said.

A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied for inclusion in the NRC. Of them, 3,11,21,004 have been included in the final list and 19,06,657 excluded, according to a statement from the Assam NRC coordinator's office. The TMC has termed the allegations as baseless.

"We don't need to learn from Congress and CPM on what should be done or not while opposing BJP. We are very serious in our opposition to NRC and will do whatever is necessary to oppose it," TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.

The Trinamool Congress on Monday decided to hold mass protests across West Bengal on 7 and 8 September to oppose the NRC in neighbouring Assam, party sources said. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's residence on Monday afternoon.

It was decided that the mass protests will be held this weekend against the National Register of Citizens and the divisive politics of BJP, the sources said. On 12 September, a protest rally is scheduled to be organized in the city from Chiria More to Shyambazar in north Kolkata. Banerjee, who is also the TMC supremo, is likely to be present in it, a senior party leader said.

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Updated Date: Sep 04, 2019 10:39:15 IST