Mamata Banerjee meets Advani, Kirti Azad, Cong leaders in Parliament

  • Mamata Banerjee meets Advani, Kirti Azad, Cong leaders in Parliament

Mamata Banerjee meets Advani, Kirti Azad, Cong leaders in Parliament

It was BJP versus Trinamool Congress in Parliament on Wednesday as the two parties left no stone unturned to target each other over the controversial issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Speculations about Banerjee leading an alliance of anti-BJP parties have been strong due to her active initiative meeting the top leaders in the opposition to stitch an alliance of like-minded parties. "Think of the country", she told the media in Parliament House.

The friction between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress on the issue of the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) update exercise in Assam and larger Oppositional politics, is in for an escalation with BJP chief Amit Shah set to visit West Bengal on August 11. She also met former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha Tuesday. After meeting the Congress leaders, however, she blamed the BJP for the uncertainty over the exercise.

"Her statement on the NRC after she met home minister Rajanth Singh in Delhi could vitiate the atmosphere here (Assam) and lead to tensions between groups", said Sudipta Hazarika, general secretary of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Parishad, who filed the complaint.

On the Congress' indication of its willingness to accept her candidature as opposition's PM face, she said, "I am not for any chair, our aim is to defeat the BJP".

Acknowledging that "there could be errors" in finalising the draft NRC, as it is a "manual process", the coordinator said people will have the opportunity to "object to any entry".

NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela said, "No, we can't say all these 40 lakh are ghuspethiye. Where will they go", she said.

On her meeting with leaders of various political parties, she said, "We know every political leader".

"Luckily, I have my documents, but on the ground that my parents do not have proper documents, the BJP government could have branded me infiltrator", the West Bengal chief minister told reporters here.

After the National Registrar of Citizens announced the final draft with names of thousands of people in Assam on Monday, July 30, recognising them as legal citizens of India, political parties have been on a roll slamming the report for leaving out the names of about 40 lakh people.

Interestingly, Banerjee extended an invitation for the rally to the Shiv Sena chief through Raut who said the party would take a decision on it. "But we do not want it", she said today. "Only one per cent will be illegal migrants", she said.

Earlier in the day, senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad had met Mamata in Parliament.