GUWAHATI, Aug 2 - Expressing annoyance at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee�s unwarranted comments against the process of citizens� scanning under the direction of the Supreme Court, the Patriotic People�s Front Assam (PPFA) has called upon everyone to exercise restraint while commenting on the update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
The PPFA, at the same time, appreciated the people of Assam for the political maturity they have shown at a time when many divisive forces are going all out to divide the greater Assamese society on linguistic and religious lines.
Denouncing all kinds of speculation floated by various local, national and international elements about impending disturbance and violence after publication of the final NRC draft, the people of Assam have shown utmost sensitivity, the PPFA said in a statement.
But contrary to the restraint and greatness of the greater Assamese society, few political party leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, have tried their best to garner political mileage out of the issue. The Trinamool Congress chief even did not hesitate to make comments indirectly disobeying the SC for personal gains, it added.
It may be noted that Mamata Banerjee has influenced a number of opposition political parties to raise their voice against the NRC update in Assam and the Parliament witnessed uproar for many days. She accused the BJP-led governments in New Delhi and Dispur of hatching conspiracies against the Bengali (read Muslim) people of Assam. She even predicted colossal disturbances after the NRC draft publication, but later simply changed her version.
Urging the West Bengal Chief Minister to give due honour to the SC, the PPFA argued that she should take the lead in compiling a comprehensive NRC (as many Kolkata-based politicians are demanding now) for the whole country on the basis of 1951 and if necessary, she may ask for necessary expertise from Assam, as the State has successfully completed the final draft of the NRC under the guidance of the apex court.
Senior journalist reacts: Meanwhile, senior journalist DN Chakravartty today strongly criticised Mamata Banerjee for her statement on the issue of NRC update in Assam.
Chakravartty said that Banerjee�s comments on the NRC issue are irresponsible, highly provocative and puerile.
Referring to the political mimicry indulged in by Banerjee since her earlier days as a young Lok Sabha member, Chakravartty said that even after attaining age and higher responsibility, Mamata Banerjee is yet to attain intellectual and political maturity.
He also appealed to the people of Assam in general and youths and students in particular not to be provoked by such statements of a Chief Minister known for her irresponsible behaviour and thoughtless utterances.