Once A Threat, Now A Vote bank? Did Mamata Banerjee Have A Change Of Heart For Illegal Immigrants?

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Mamata Banerjee's recent words for illegal immigrants are in stark contrast to her sentiments from 2005. TMC chief didn't always disapprove of action against illegal immigration. Did Mamata Banerjee have a change of heart for Illegal Immigrants? Here is her old video. Watch and decide!
Mamata Banerjee's recent words for illegal immigrants are in stark contrast to her sentiments from 2005. TMC chief didn't always disapprove of action against illegal immigration. Did Mamata Banerjee have a change of heart for Illegal Immigrants? Here is her old video. Watch and decide!

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that she did not support the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam , claiming that it could lead to unrest in the country.

Mamata Banerjee roared at an event in Delhi: “The NRC [exercise] is being done with a political motive. I’m not going to allow this. It will create a civil war and bloodbath. It is not just about minorities, but Biharis, Bengalis as well as foreigners… our guests… we never tell our guests to get out. They [the BJP] first took their votes and are now telling them to get out.”

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said NRC exercise would be carried out in West Bengal as well
NRC Assam Controversy
NRC Assam Controversy

“If we (BJP) are voted to power in Bengal, then we too will implement the NRC in the state. We will send back the illegal immigrants to Bangladesh. Tough days are ahead. We will not tolerate any illegal immigrants in Bengal,” Ghosh told reporters, after which Mamata said she would travel to Assam if the situation called for it. “I am sending a team of party MPs to Assam and if necessary, I will go there too,” she added.

In 2005, Mamata had opposed illegal migrants.

Back in 2005, Mamata Banerjee was in the Opposition in Lok Sabha as a member of Parliament. The TMC’s current ally in Parliament, the Congress, was then leading the UPA government. Somnath Chatterjee was the Speaker of Lok Sabha.

On August 4, 2005, during a session in the Lok Sabha, Banerjee had raised the issue of illegal immigrants in West Bengal, saying that illegals migrants from Bangladesh have spelt disaster for the state. She had also said that Bangladeshi illegal immigrants had also found their names on the voter list in Bengal and hence must be expelled.

Here is the video:

When deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Charanjit Singh Atwal, disallowed her notice to raise the issue, she flung a sheaf of papers at the Speaker’s chair. Then in a fit of rage, Banerjee announced her resignation from the House as she was “being denied an opportunity to speak”.

Speaker Somnath Chattejree later rejected her resignation. The resignation could never be accepted because it was not in the right format. Mr Chatterjee later announced he could not accept it because the letter was not “submitted in a proper form”.

What’s interesting, as Arun Jaitley pointed out, is the fact, that it was Mamata Banerjee who was against ‘illegal immigrants’!

Now, in 2018, Banerjee has rejected the Supreme Court-monitored NRC list brought out by the Assam government, claiming that such a list would create unrest in the country. Speaking at a press conference at the Constitution Club of India, Banerjee said on Tuesday, “What is going on in Assam? The NRC problem. It is not only the Bengalis, it is the minorities, it is Hindus, it is Bengalis, it is Biharis. More than 40 lakhs people voted yesterday for the ruling party and suddenly today they have been made refugees in their own country.”

What brought about this change of heart for Mamata Banerjee? Stay connected with Awaaznation for all updates!

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