Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her comments on the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).
On Mamata’s comment that such a draft would lead to ‘civil war’, PM Modi said that only those who lack faith in the nation’s institutions can use terms like that.
“Only those who have lost faith in themselves, fear loss of popular support and lack faith in our Institutions can use words like ‘civil war’, ‘bloodbath’ and ‘Desh Ke Tukde Tukde,” said PM Narendra Modi adding that they were evidently disconnected from the pulse of the nation.
PM Modi also said that the Trinamool Congress leader should remember her statements in 2005.
“As far as Mamata ji’s stand is concerned, she should remember what she said on the floor of the Parliament in 2005. Was that Mamata ji correct or is this Mamata ji correct?,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Targeting the Congress over its stand on NRC, PM Modi said that the genesis of the draft can be traced back to the time of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
“The Congress is also playing politics over the NRC. The roots of the NRC go back three decades when Mr Rajiv Gandhi had to bow to public pressure and sign the Assam Accord. Since then Assam voted Congress several times but the party did nothing about it and kept misleading the people,” said that
PM Modi said that the Congress was aware of the problem but allowed it to worsen for several decades as they were driven by vote bank politics.
“Congress knew a problem exists but allowed it to fester for decades because they were guided by vote bank politics. I want to assure the people that no citizen of India will have to leave the country. As per the due process, all possible opportunities will be given to get their concerns addressed,” said PM Modi.
The prime minister said that the NDA government is fulfilling its promise under the guidance of the Supreme Court.
“It is not about politics but about people. If someone is making it about Rajaneeti, it is extremely unfortunate. Our job in the political class is to work according to the will of the people and do what they have given us the mandate for,” said PM Modi.