Mamata Banerjee meets Amit Shah in Delhi, says ‘NRC not needed in West Bengal’
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A day after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday and discussed a host of issues, including the proposal to change West Bengal's name to ‘Bangla’.
This was Banerjee’s first meeting with Shah after the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. Banerjee arrived at Shah's office at North Block for the meeting.
After the meeting, Banerjee said that she has handed Shah a letter telling him that the National Register of Certificate (NRC) is not needed in West Bengal and said many genuine Indians were excluded from the NRC in Assam and she requested the home minister to examine their cases as many of those excluded are Bengali-speaking people, Hindi-speaking, Gorkhas and even Assamese people.
“I handed over a letter to him (HM Amit Shah), told him that of the 19 Lakh people left out of NRC, many are Hindi speaking, Bengali speaking and local Assamese. Many genuine voters have been left out. This should be looked into. I submitted an official letter,” Mamata Banerjee told reporters after the meeting.
“He did not say anything about NRC in West Bengal. I have already clarified my stand that NRC is not needed in West Bengal,” she added.
The meeting with Shah comes a day after the West Bengal Chief Minister met PM Modi. She had earlier described it as a "government to government" meeting and said the discussion was mostly on development issues of the state.
The BJP, however, has termed her Delhi visit and meetings with PM Modi and Amit Shah as her last ditch attempt to "save herself".
Several TMC leaders and former Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar have come under the CBI scanner in connection with a ponzi scam related to the Saradha group.
The Saradha group of companies allegedly duped lakhs of people of Rs 2,500 crore, promising higher rates of return on their investments.
Assembly polls in Bengal are due in April-May 2021.
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