Mamata Banerjee clarifies remarks on CAA and NRC, says called for opinion poll by impartial experts and not UN referendum

  • Mamata Banerjee sought Narendra Modi's intervention to ensure that Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 was immediately revoked

  • Banerjee said she only suggested opinion poll be conducted by impartial experts of country, and process could be observed by United Nations

  • She urged the Prime Minister to withdraw the 'anti-people' law and plans to implement nationwide NRC

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to ensure that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was immediately revoked, contending that it was a matter of the country's interests.

 Mamata Banerjee clarifies remarks on CAA and NRC, says called for opinion poll by impartial experts and not UN referendum

File image of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

Addressing a press meet in Kolkata, Banerjee, who is also the TMC supremo, urged the Prime Minister to withdraw the "anti-people" law and plans to implement nationwide NRC. "It is not about any political victory or defeat. It is a matter of our country... Withdraw CAA and NRC," she said in her appeal to Modi.

Making a U-turn from her Thursday's remark over the United Nations referendum on CAA and nationwide NRC, Banerjee said she had only suggested that opinion poll be conducted by impartial experts of the country, the process for which could be observed by the United Nations.

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"I am proud of my country... I have full faith in my countrymen. What I had said was that a gana vote (opinion poll) be conducted by a panel of impartial experts and members of the national human rights commission. It can be observed by the United Nations," she insisted.

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Updated Date: Dec 20, 2019 18:17:23 IST