NRC fallout: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee consolidates Dalit votes; Namasudra Development Board to be formed
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File | PTI)

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      KOLKATA: Discontinuance on the heels of the exclusion of names of forty lakh other folks of Assam from the last draft of Nationwide Register of Citizenship (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday played a masterstroke to consolidate well-known Dalit votes for 2019 Lok Sabha elections by agreeing to perform Namasudra Enhance Board within a month's time to assuage the fears of West Bengal's greatest Dalit neighborhood Namasudras, numerous whom are submit-1971 migrants from Bangladesh.

The choice modified into as soon as taken after representatives of All India Namasudra Vikas Parishad (AINVP), who possess been spearheading a movement all the diagram via West Bengal against NRC over the last one week by forming blockades at railway and road junctions and holding up Assam-certain trains, met the Chief Minister at impart secretariat Nabanna on Monday.

Some 17 ethnic pattern boards possess been formed by Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts for different communities of the hills. While the authorities states that the boards are formed for pattern of different communities based entirely mostly on their odd needs and issues, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha President Bimal Gurung says that the boards work to perform larger TMC’s political walk in the hills.

For the interval of a one-and-half-hour long meeting with Mamata Banerjee on Monday, AINVP working president Mukul Chandra Bairagya equipped the issues faced by the Namasudra neighborhood in securing Scheduled Caste certificates as numerous them are submit-1971 migrants from Bangladesh who left their houses fleeing religious persecution.

Accordingly, the West Bengal Chief Minister agreed to the AINVP inquire that Backward Classes Welfare Department will no longer attach a inquire to for conventional documents for issuing caste certificates, a impart authorities suitable attentive to the lawsuits of the meeting printed.

On the choice hand, the Chief Minister did no longer commit on AINVP’s one other inquire for inducting a Namasudra minister in the impart cupboard. AINVP argued that though there possess been many Namasudra MLAs from TMC, there is no longer a single cupboard minister from the neighborhood. The NRC field has increased the closeness of the ruling occasion with the Namasudras, whom the BJP modified into as soon as looking to woo as the Namasudras are a unified vote casting bloc and affect vote casting patterns in plenty of districts of south Bengal.

The BJP’s stance on NRC and vows to place into effect it in West Bengal has increased the distance of the Namasudras with the saffron occasion as many Namasudras are fresh migrants from Bangladesh and anguish their names gained’t appear in NRC checklist if it is implemented in West Bengal.

The impart BJP management and japanese zone VHP bureau clarified that the NRC in West Bengal may perhaps perhaps be focused against Bangladeshi-origin Muslims and no longer Hindus who fled religious persecution in the nation to search refuge in India. On the choice hand, the nail in the coffin modified into as soon as attach after Namasudra religious chief called ‘Matua Maa’ and Bangaon MP Mamata Thakur modified into as soon as allegedly manhandled by Silchar Police in BJP-dominated Assam on August 2.