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Kolkata:  On a day the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) was tabled in the Lok Sabha, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday hardened her opposition to the legislation, urging everyone to form a joint front on the issue and averred that not a single citizen would have to leave the country.
Calling the CAB and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) two sides of the same coin, Banerjee said the BJP would not be allowed to “divide and rule”.
“No NRC, no divide and rule… Whether it is the CAB or NRC, they are two sides of the same coin,” Banerjee said at a public rally in Kharagpur, adding that all residing in the country are citizens of India.
“Form a united front to oppose NRC and CAB. Every person who stay in India are its citizens. Some people own land, some others something else, everybody has something or the other,” she said.
Banerjee said if the BJP led NDA government at the Centre wanted to give citizenship to more people, they can always give deemed citizenship, somewhat on the lines of Green Card.
“But what is the necessity that you are asking those who have been living in the country for 70-100 years to prove their citizenship,” she asked.

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