Mamata calls NRC a poll gimmick

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the BJP dispensation at the Centre over updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

She said on Monday that the move was nothing but an “electoral gimmick”.

Mamata said if one fails to produce the proof of his or her date of birth, then that person will be driven out in the name of (the updation of) the NRC. He or she will not be considered a citizen, she added.

The TMC supremo said many of the older generation did not have such documents as the situation was different in the past.

”We have fought for the independence of this soil…. This (updation of the NRC) is an electoral gimmick, there is no need to bother about it. As long as we (those opposing the NRC) are alive, such attempts will be futile,” Mamata added.

She said people’s privacy was being breached and their phone calls, as well as those of judges and journalists, were being recorded.

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