Mamata's 'civil war' warning riles many
In what may be called a new low in Indian politics, West Bengal's controversial Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday found herself warning that the Assam NRC, which excludes 40 lakh people living in the state, could lead to a civil war and bloodbath. The BJP has strongly condemned her remarks.
"When the CM of a state talks about ‘Civil War’, it is time for President’s Rule in that state with that leader put on trial. What a shame, Mamata Banerjee.
Bengal needs NRC more than any other state today," said a commentator amidst reports that there are illegal immigrants in large numbers in Bengal, too.
Mamata's warning has been seen as a systematic attempt to resort to fear-mongering over NRC. "Talk of civil war or 'illegals' being deported? The Supreme Court made it very clear no coercive action. Standard Operating Procedure to be drawn out for grievance redressal in a fair and equitable manner. This is a court-monitored process," said journalist Gaurav Sawant.
"It is the duty of the CM to maintain law and order in the state and not incite violence. Her remark on civil war is condemnable," commented Union Minister Kiren Rijiju.