West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee held a roadshow in Darjeeling where she questioned the rationale behind implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA in the hill region when it is not applicable in Northeastern states, reports Hindustan Times.
“Why this discrimination? Why did you (the Centre) leave out one lakh Gorkhas from the National Register of Citizens in Assam? Why did you leave out 13 lakh Hindus? Indians are now asking whether they have to fight for their freedom 70 years after Independence,” said Banerjee.This was her first rally against CAA, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) in Darjeeling.
“I want to tell the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whether you will withdraw CAA or not. If it is not dubious why have you left out Assam and Tripura? asked Banerjee.
Influencing the people of Darjeeling is a challenge for Banerjee since the TMC has virtually lost control of hill town and adjoining areas ever since the BJP won the Lok Sabha and the Assembly seats.
“Gorkhas are genuine citizens of India. Nobody can snatch their rights. All ethnic groups in the hills are Indians, no matter which dialect they speak,” said Banerjee.
More than a thousand people took part in the colourful procession from Bhanu Bhakta Bhawan to Chowk Bazar in the heart Darjeeling town.
Banerjee spoke in Hindi and English and even said in the local dialect that people in the hills do not want CAA and NRC.