West Bengal Assembly rules out NRC -Shiv Sahay Singh
House passes a resolution opposing NRC in Assam
In an unprecedented show of unity, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Friday passed a resolution opposing the National Register of Citizens ( NRC) in Assam. The resolution also categorically ruled out the possibility of any such exercise in the State.
The development comes within a week of release of the final list of NRC, in which over 19 lakh people have been left out.
The resolution tabled under Rule 185 of the Rules of Procedures of Conduct of Business of the House was supported by members of the Trinamool Congress from the Treasury beaches and legislators of the Left parties and the Congress from the Opposition benches. Only a handful of BJP members opposed the resolution, which was passed after a three-hour debate.
“We do not accept the NRC. What has happened in Assam can never happen in Bengal,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during the debate. She thanked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for opposing a NRC-like exercise in his State.
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