GUWAHATI, Aug 3 - The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has accused West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee of indulging in provocative acts with regard to the NRC update process for the mere sake of securing brownie points with the electorate in her home state.
Suprakash Talukdar, central committee member of CPI (M), said today that during the past two years the West Bengal government led by Banerjee took no steps to help the NRC authorities secure documents to verify the legacy of people originally hailing from her state and who now reside in Assam.
�Now all of a sudden she has started showing concern for the 40 lakh people whose names do not figure in the draft NRC. She is now resorting to chauvinistic slogans, making provocative comments and trying to vitiate the atmosphere in Assam. She is doing this just for the sake of her vote bank in West Bengal,� Talukdar said.
The veteran Marxist leader said that the TMC regime in West Bengal has failed to deliver and Banerjee�s party is fast losing ground in the state and so she is using the NRC update process in Assam as a diversionary tactic.
�Instead of undertaking such provocative acts and disrupting Parliament, Banerjee should instead help the NRC authorities by assisting them with concerned legacy documents of persons whose origins are in West Bengal so that such individuals can find their names in the final NRC,� Talukdar said.
The CPI (M) has also lambasted the attitude of the TMC leaders who created a ruckus at Silchar airport yesterday.
�TMC government has not been able to solve any problems in West Bengal and now Banerjee is shedding crocodile�s tears for the people of Assam. Did she or her party ever bother about the problems of Assam?� said Talukdar.
The CPI (M) has also accused both the BJP and the TMC of indulging in �competitive communalism� on the NRC issue. �The competitive communalism of BJP and TMC is very much evident in West Bengal these days. Now both these parties are trying to drag Assam�s NRC into the orbit of the politics of West Bengal for their own benefit,� said Talukdar.