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BJP cannot give Matuas citizenship, they already have it: Mamata | India News

BADURIA / HINGALGANJ / BIJPUR: Accusing the BJP of making false promises to members of the politically significant Matua community about citizenship, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Saturday that those people have already been granted all rights as citizens.
Banerjee, also supreme of the Trinamool Congress, said that if the saffron party comes to power, it will keep the people of West Bengal in detention camps as it has done with “14 lakh Bengalis” in Assam.
“Su Didi (the CM itself) has already secured the Matuas’ right to citizenship by facilitating the deed of land to each refugee occupying government or private land. Why is the issue of citizenship being questioned again?” he said at public meetings held in the North 24 Parganas district.
The Matuas, originally from eastern Pakistan, are a weaker section of Hindus who migrated to India during the Partition and after the creation of Bangladesh.
The Matua community, with an estimated population of three million in the state, can tip the balance in favor of a political party in more than 30 assembly seats in Nadia, and in the northern and southern districts of 24 Parganas that border Bangladesh
He was once behind the TMC, but had supported the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP is saying that it will provide them citizenship if they vote for power.
“If your children (from Matua) study in educational institutes, if you have electricity and a telephone connection to your name and address, you are already a citizen. How can the BJP promise you citizenship again?” Banerjee said in Baduria.
He said his government has declared a holiday on the birthday of Harichand Thakur, the spiritual guru of the Matuas, but the saffron party did not do so in the states ruled by him.
The BJP is shedding crocodile tears for the backward community to win votes, said the head of TMC.
Some people in the Matua community are spreading misinformation to help the BJP, he alleged.
“The government (of West Bengal) is inclusive. It has tried to reach out to every community and sect,” the prime minister said.
At another election meeting in Bijpur, he referred to the allocation given to each Durga puja committee and the stipends given to Hindu priests and imams.
“We do not discriminate. We reach out to all communities, unlike the BJP, which only sows the seeds of discord,” Banerjee said.
Accusing the saffron party of conspiring to keep the people of the state in detention camps, he said: “If you don’t want to share the fate of 14 lakh Bengalis in Assam, if you don’t want your names removed from the elections rolls that follow the exercise of the NPR (National Population Registry), prevent the BJP from coming to power “.
Only the TMC can prevent the BJP from coming to power in West Bengal and only its party is fighting the saffron party, he claimed.
He also called for the formation of squads “to respond to the weapons and bombs of the BJP.”
In Hingalganj, Banerjee promised that his government will create a separate district from Sunderbans in the future.

Times of India