West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said around two lakh Biharis were left out of the complete draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), touted to be proof of Assamese identity.
Addressing a programme hosted by Rashtriya Bihari Samaj in Kolkata on Friday, she asserted there would be no discrimination against Biharis in West Bengal adding they will never be treated as outsiders.
Only 2.89cr out of 3.29cr names featured in NRC
The NRC draft, which was published on July 30, had featured over 2.89 crore names out of nearly 3.29 crore applicants. Around 40.07 lakh applicants, however, did not find a place in the document.
WB CM Banerjee asked people to wait for the declaration of the final draft of the register following the disposal of claims, objections, and corrections.
FIRs registered against Mamata for her comments on NRC exercise
"This kind of treatment was never meted out to Biharis in West Bengal in the past, nor will it be the case in future," Mamata stated.
She alleged that the exclusion of over 40 lakh people was an "attempt to evict the Bengalis and Biharis from Assam".
A total of five FIRs have been registered against Banerjee for her comments on NRC exercise.