West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Roopa Ganguly has stirred up a controversy by alluding that West Bengal was intended to be a State for Hindus.
A report published in the FIRSTPOST stated that Ganguly, on Wednesday, said that India was divided so that Pakistan and Bangladesh are for Muslims, and Bengal, which is a part of India remains as it was for Hindus who returned from Bangladesh.
The report further stated that the statement was a reply to a question on what Ganguly’s views were on Citizenship Bill…that ‘Hindus are refugees, Muslims are infiltrators’? Ganguly also said that those who are born in India or are living since childhood, including Muslims, need not worry about the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
She made this statement in context with 40 lakh people’s names not appearing in the final draft of the NRC which was published in Assam on July 30 last and consequently which led to a lot of uproar, especially a lot of noise was made over this issue by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Ganguly’s statements come a few days after BJP’s national vice-president Om Mathur said that the country would not be allowed to become a ‘dharamshala’ and that NRC would be implemented throughout the country after the 2019 general election. “The entire country is suffering from the problem of Bangladeshi infiltrators. There is not a single city or town which is not suffering from the problem of Bangladeshi infiltrators,” Mathur had told reporters.
As parties have been busy slinging mud at each other, the West Bengal unit of Congress has accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP of resorting to “narrow-minded” politics by “misguiding” people over the NRC issue.