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Assam CM slams Mamata Banerjee for criticizing NRC

  • Published at 10:05 pm August 5th, 2018
Activists of the Minority Youth Federation shout slogans against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lead central and Assam state government during a protest rally following the publishing of the first complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), in Kolkata on July 31, 2018 AFP

The Assam chief minister condemned the West Bengal chief minister’s action as an 'evil design'

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal lashes out at his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee over the latter’s remarks on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update and sending Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmakers to Assam as stated in an official release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Saturday.

According to the official release, the Assam chief minister condemned the West Bengal chief minister’s action as an “evil design” to disrupt the NRC process.

He rendered gratitude to the people of Assam’s Barak Valley for displaying “exemplary composure” and not falling prey to the “divisive design of the external forces.”

“Sonowal hailed the restraint and patience shown by the people of Assam, more particularly the residents of Barak Valley, in view of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s inflammatory remarks and her decision of sending a delegation to Barak Valley with an evil design to polarize the society,” the official release said.

According to the official release, Sonowal also stated since the beginning of updating the NRC, some vested interests were hell-bent on destabilizing the process by making remarks inimical to the age-old unity that prevails among the people of Barak and Brahmaputra valley, hills and plains.

“Assam is a land known for its unity since ages. People belonging to different castes, communities, creed and religions symbolise this unity which is unique. Though several attempts were made to disturb this unity, the people of Assam showed resilience and reinforced the state’s unity,” the Assam chief minister said according to the official release.