No discrimination against Biharis in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that there would be no discrimination against Biharis in the state unlike in Assam, where names of Biharis had been removed along with names of Bengalis from the draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC).

"For me, humanity is the most important thing. In Assam names of Biharis have been removed along with names of Bengalis and others. But I can proudly say that in Bengal this has neither happened nor will it ever happen," Mamata was quoted by ANI as saying. 

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The NRC draft, which was published on July 30, 2018 featured over 2.89 crore names out of nearly 3.29 crore applicants. Around 40.07 lakh applicants, however, did not find a place in the document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.

Mamata urged people to wait for the declaration of the final draft of the register following the disposal of claims, objections and corrections.

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Earlier, the Trinamool Congress supremo slammed the BJP over NRC publication, stating that “Indian citizens have become refugees in their own land”.

(With PTI inputs)

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