Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Opposition Leaders Flock to Mamata, Pledge to Fight NRC

Opposition Leaders Flock to Mamata, Pledge to Fight NRC

The Trinamul Congress on Wednesday continued its rant over Assam's draft National Register of Citizens inside and outside Parliament, with party chief Mamata Banerjee alleging the draft NRC's publication "will destroy" India's relationship with neighbouring Bangladesh.

Barring the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Biju Janata Dal, leaders from nearly every opposition party, including the Congress, met with the TMC chief at Parliament House to extend their support in the fight against the NRC. "But again, somebody might object to any entry, which he or she thinks is not correct", Hajela said, while responding to a query on whether those in the final draft released on July 30 can be recognised as legal citizens. We will not let this happen.

After meeting Mamata, Ahmed Patel had met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and briefed him about the meeting. "If all opposition political parties can join hands and work together in Parliament, then why not fight unitedly outside", the TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister told reporters after her almost half-an-hour long meeting with the Gandhis at 10, Janpath, the residence of Sonia Gandhi. "In 2019, it will be collective leadership", she said after her meeting with the Gandhis at 10 Janpath. The 40 lakh people who have been left out of the NRC are from Bihar, UP, Jharkhand, West Bengal and other states too. "Her statements are against the sentiments of the Assamese people", he said. "Where will they go", she said.

"There could be certain circumstantial meetings with leaders of opposition parties when Mamata Banerjee would visit Parliament on August 1".

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She also kept up her attack on the BJP over the exclusion of 40 lakh names from the National Register of Citizens for Assam, saying they were playing with fire and were using offensive language against those excluded.

Banerjee said she had appealed to all Opposition parties to send their delegations to Assam. "I am interested in seeing that all parties should work together". "But we do not want it", she said today. Instead, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, who met the Congress president and his mother, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in the evening, said they had discussed how the two parties would defeat the BJP. "I met him and inquired him about his health", she told reporters.

TMC leader Derek O'Brien said that apart from opposition leaders, Banerjee will also meet Ram Jethmalani, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and disgruntled BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha during her visit. "Only one per cent will be illegal migrants", she said.

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