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People are not allowed to go to places, this is condemnable: Mamata

People are not allowed to go to places, this is condemnable: Mamata

Kolkata, Feb 12 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday termed

as unfortunate and condemnable the incident in Uttar Pradesh, where former UP chief

minister Akhilesh Yadav was not allowed to attend a university programme.

Addressing the press at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Ms Banerjee

said, " Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the president of his party keep harping that

democracy is at risk when they visit Opposition-ruled states, while in a BJP-ruled state

policemen are killed on the line of duty and there is rampant lynching in the name of

gau-raksha. "

" If under Yogi’s rule, a former Chief Minister is not allowed to attend a college event,

there is ‘rukawat’. ‘Rukawat ke liye khed hai’…There is such a situation in the country

today that people are not allowed to go to places, " she commented.

Ms Banerjee said, “Jignesh was also stopped from attending a University event in

Gujarat. He was threatened by BJP goons & they preach to us. They indulge in hate

politics. Never before was this ever done in our nation. It’s unfortunate, I condemn

this.”

The chief minister alleged the BJP has destroyed the unity of the country.

" They are distributing money and inciting violence. They believe in the politics of

hate. They are misusing agencies. This has never happened before in our country.

‘Unity in diversity’ is the foundation of our country. It is unfortunate that this very

idea is under attack today, " she stated.

“People of this country are very intelligent. We’ve a great admiration for Bhupen

Hazarika. When his family has a sentiment regarding Citizenship Amendment Bill;

we appreciate their sentiments. We oppose the Bill strongly. They want to insult

people in the name of this Bill. Why are they changing the strategy and insulting

people in the name of Citizenship Amendment Bill? You cannot divide people;

we want all citizens to be honoured,” she said.

“There are pacts like Indira-Mujib pact, Liaquat-Nehru pact. Why should those,

who are already Indian citizens, become non-citizens under Citizenship

Amendment Bill? Then the Centre will decide who will be given citizenship and

who won’t,” Ms Banerjee questioned.

“We are the only party which opposed this Bill tooth and nail from the beginning

at the meetings of Parliamentary Standing Committee. They cannot create

divisions between people. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christians – everyone is a citizen

of this country. People of north-east are suffering. We extend our full support to

them,” the chief minister said.

She said, “Arvind Kejriwal has invited me to attend their dharna tomorrow. I will

be present there. That apart, I will also attend the foundation stone laying ceremony

of Gorkha Bhavan at New Delhi. GTA is setting this up. I will also meet leaders of

various political parties.”

The chief minister said, " Madhyamik exams are going on in Bengal. Higher

Secondary exams will begin soon, along with CBSE, ICSE. My best wishes to

all the students. Hope they succeed in these exams. "

“Narendra Modi knows his expiry date is here. We will go to polls soon. People

of the country want change. They want a new government. People want ‘United

India’. We want to save democracy and save the country,” she added.

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