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Mamata calls CAA a trap, says people could lose rights

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KOLKATA/MATHABHANGA/MALBAZAR: Bengal CM

Mamata Banerjee

stirred the

CAA

pot in twin pockets of north Bengal bordering

Bangladesh

on Thursday, warning those thinking of registering under the new law that this could result in them losing the rights they already enjoy such as access to the

Trinamool

govt’s flagship welfare schemes.
“The moment you register under CAA, you will be considered as having come from Bangladesh…You will no longer be able to cast your vote.

You will lose your rights as a citizen here,” she told a gathering in Cooch Behar’s Mathabhanga, about 45km from the India-Bangladesh border.
Mamata’s tirade against CAA coincided with PM

Narendra Modi

‘s visit to the district, which shares a 550km border with Bangladesh.
“If CAA is the head, the National Register of Citizens is the tail. They are now saying priests can certify who should be a citizen. But under what law can they do that? You have seen in Assam, you will be sent to detention camps. If priests have so much power, why are they not being included in the empowerment committee that will issue the (citizenship) certificate?” the CM said.She assured the crowd that her govt wouldn’t allow anyone to implement CAA in Bengal.

Not for the first time, Mamata accused BJP of not respecting election rules and using central agencies as an electoral tool. “I will not bow to them,” she declared.
“Our state officers are being transferred. How many central officers are being transferred? There is no punishment for their (BJP) crimes. They are going to every home and saying, ‘Vote for BJP and agencies will steer clear of you’. Do not bow to this oppression. They must be taught a lesson,” she said.
In a repeat of 2021, when Trinamool portrayed Mamata as the candidate in all seats, the CM said, “Remember my face when you go to vote.”
She also harked back to the firing by CISF on civilians at Sitalkuchi during the 2021 polls. “You remember the Sitalkuchi incident? They killed five innocent voters. Four of them were my minority brothers, and one was my Rajbanshi brother. I came here and stood by those families. Which police officer ordered this (the firing)? BJP gave him a clean chit and made him a candidate in Birbhum,” she said, alluding to ex-Cooch Behar SP Debasish Dhar.

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