West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said there was no question of building detention centres in the state to house people in the event of a National Register of Citizens exercise to identify undocumented immigrants, Hindustan Times reported.
“There is no question of detention camps,” Banerjee said at an administrative review meeting in Siliguri town. “They have to do it through the state government, but we are not going to do that. You can be rest assured about it. There will be no detention camp in Bengal.”
On Monday, Banerjee had reiterated that the National Register of Citizens, which was finalised in Assam in August, would not be replicated in West Bengal. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said last week that the Centre was making preparations for building detention camps for “illegal immigrants”. The Bharatiya Janata Party has repeatedly insisted that an exercise similar to the one in Assam will be carried out in West Bengal.
West Bengal Communist Party of India (Marxist) Secretary Surya Kanta Mishra had said at a party gathering in Howrah district on Sunday that the party would lead people to demolish detention centres if the Centre tried to build them.
However, BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh mocked Banerjee on Tuesday. “She loves to talk...