Assam police file FIR against Mamata Banerjee over comments on NRC

Leroy Wright
August 2, 2018

I share very good relations with Soniaji since the time Rajivji was around. I will meet all the opposition leaders and invite them for the rally. On her meeting with leaders of various political parties, she said, "We know every political leader".

The latest flashpoint has been the issues of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

"Whichever party is strong in one particular region should put up a candidate against the BJP..." The TMC, he said, was nervous due to the BJP's growing strength in West Bengal. "If, to defeat BJP, we can fight collectively inside Parliament then why can we not outside.I haven't come to talk about my state", Banerjee said after her meeting with Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

The BJP has ridiculed the proposed opposition alliance, saying it may not materialise at all as leaders of its various constituents harbour prime ministerial aspirations. "Her statements are against the sentiments of the Assamese people", he said. She also called on JD-S leader and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in Karnataka Bhavan and senior BJP leader L. K. Advani in his chamber in Parliament.

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Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel were the first to meet her at the TMC party office followed by Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and Jaya Bachchan, Rashtriya Janata Dal's Misa Bharati, Tiruchi Siva of the DMK, Kerala Congress MP Jose K. Mani and leaders from TDP and YSR Congress. "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. After meeting the Congress leaders, however, she blamed the BJP for the uncertainty over the exercise. "That is why they are trying to create such an atmosphere and doing all this", she said.

To a query on Amit Shah's criticism of her on the NRC issue, she said, "I am not his servant".

Cutting across party lines, several political leaders met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in the capital on Wednesday and pledged their solidarity with her fight against the ruling party on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue. "(We will not reply to an abuse with an abuse, that is our tradition)", she said. "I will also meet Congress leader Sonia Gandhi tomorrow", Banerjee told reporters.

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