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Citizenship Law, NPR Like “Black Magic”, Says Mamata Banerjee

Ranaghat: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called BJP a “party of Dussasanas” while a BJP MP dubbed the TMC government as “shikhandis”, as they invoked the epic Mahabharata in the political fight over the amended citizenship law.

Alleging that the BJP was trying to forcibly implement the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), Ms Banerjee said these steps are like “black magic” and she would stop this “anyhow”.

“The NPR, NRC and CAA are like black magic”, she said, and urged the people of the country to unite to save the nation.

“We (TMC) are not a party of Dussasanas like the BJP. They are the off-springs of Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq and people must unite to save the country from them,” Ms Banerjee said while speaking at a public rally at Ranaghat in Nadia district.

Dussasana was the the brother of Kaurava prince Duryodhana in the Mahabharata while Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325-1351 and known for his eccentric decisions.

Ms Banerjee also wondered whether the PM Modi government would throw her out of the country because she does not have her mother’s birth certificate.

The chief minister said despite her assurances over 30 people have so far died in the state because of the panic over the proposed implementation of the citizens register.

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