Guwahati, September 17, 2019:

“I challenge the BJP to deport me on that ground”, said West Bengal Congress leader and Berhampore MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

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The Congress leader has triggered a controversy by challenging the BJP-led government to deport him to Bangladesh based on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) because he has family members in Bangladesh.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, in a video that he uploaded on his Facebook page, said that the current topic for discussion is the Assam NRC and what will happen after its implementation. He added that Assam was the first state in India that had the NRC back in 1951 since there was a mix up of the locals and other people that were brought in by the British during their rule.

He added that earlier there were no tea gardens in Assam but it was the British who took labourers and workers to Assam to work and thus there was a mix up of the people.

He further said that during the British rule, parts of the Bengal Province were included in Assam and as a result, many from Bengal as well as East Bengal had settled in Assam.

He further said that the BJP seems to be doing politics by using the NRC as earlier they claimed that they detected 40 lakh illegal immigrants but after the final list, only 19 lakh were excluded. These people are mostly Bengali speaking and it is not targeted to just Muslims but as a whole, all the Bengali people.

He claimed that his family members are in Bangladesh and even he has a home in Bangladesh.

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