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Kolkata: The state Assembly on Tuesday made an all-party resolution accusing the BJP government at the Centre of divisive politics over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, that has excluded the names of more than 40 lakh people in the final draft.Trinamool Congress, Congress and CPI-M unanimously slammed the Centre for turning so many people into ‘refugees in their own homeland’.It may be mentioned that the motion for a discussion on the issue was placed by state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee and Speaker Biman Banerjee allowed it, taking into account the seriousness and sensitivity. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUrging all the Opposition parties to raise their voice in unison, state Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee took the attack to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for his indifference regarding the whole episode.Partha Chatterjee said: “They (BJP) are trying to use the Supreme Court verdict as a shield and the NRC as a mechanism to drive the Muslims and the Bengalis out of Assam. We are sending a team to Assam and if needed our Chief Minister will also go. Many people including the intellectuals are calling me. Everyone is worried”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Difference in political opinions will always remain in democracy. But that does not mean that you can push so many people towards anuncertain future for the sake of politics. The Prime Minister has assumed the position of Nirab (Silent) Modi. It is unprecedented and we strongly condemn the act,” Mukherjee said.Minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya questioned the modus of the NRC and said that the Supreme Court has not provided any such guideline on the basis of which the NRC has excluded the names of so many Assam citizens, the majority of them being Bengalis. “The NRC in December 2017 had the names of these citizens and now in the latest NRC draft their names have been omitted. It is clearly a tactic to segregate and isolate those people who do not belong to BJP’s votebank,” she said.She lashed out at the Centre for shifting the onus upon the deprived population to prove that they are residents of the state.”Most of them had cast their votes in 2014 and 2016. A good number of them have been residents there for 105 years and now they have to prove their identity. Why?” Bhattacharya questioned and alleged that the Centre has illegally not brought NRC under Right to Information Act.Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Roy termed the episode as the greatest crisis in the country post independence.CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty alleged that it is an attempt to create unrest in the whole country. “This act is against the culture and tradition of the state of Bengal and has opened up a Pandora’s box where all states will feel the NRC Assam effect in the days to come, if the voice of dissent is not raised,” Chakraborty said.Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan also strongly condemned the issue and appealed to all Opposition parties to bring the state intellectuals under an apolitical umbrella and take the protest to the Centre.
An evening of songs and poems highlighting different moods and moments of Tagore’s life, marked the birth anniversary celebrations of this philosopher-poet at Muktadhara auditorium here. The cultural programme, organised by West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi, under the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, payed a tribute to Kabiguru.City-based choir Swarchhanda’s presentation titled ‘Tagore meets Bhanu Singha’ focussed on the versatility of the writer. Renowned singer Sahana Bakshi and her mentor Soumi Bhattacharya also paid a glorious tribute to the rich poetic tradition of Bengal through their programme ‘Kabipronam’. Following that, noted Rabindrasangeet artiste Debadrito Chattopadhyay earned plaudits from the audience for his rendition of some of the bard’s best creations.The event was graced by the presence of Bhaskar Khulbe, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Jayashree Mukherjee, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Dr Krishna Gupta, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal.