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Ensure that only Bangladeshis who support TMC get a place on the electoral roll: Bangladeshi MLA for employees

Last updated: November 17, 2022, 6:53 PM IST

Bardhaman Dakshin MLA Khokan Das addressed a public rally in Bardhaman town on Tuesday night.  (Image: ANI)

Bardhaman Dakshin MLA Khokan Das addressed a public rally in Bardhaman town on Tuesday night. (Image: ANI)

The draft electoral roll review is underway in the state along with the rest of the country

An MLA in West Bengal has sparked controversy by reportedly asking TMC employees to ensure that only Bangladeshi immigrants who support the ruling party in the state find a place on the electoral roll.

The draft electoral roll review is underway in the state along with the rest of the country.

In an alleged video that has gone viral on social media, Bardhaman Dakshin MLA Khokan Das is heard saying, “A lot of new people are coming… they are from Bangladesh. A lot of these people are voting for BJP based on Hindu sentiments. make sure that only those who support our party get on the electoral roll.” The legislator was addressing a public rally in the town of Bardhaman on Tuesday evening.

PTI could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.

However, when asked to clarify his comment, the MLA told reporters: “Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are entering our area every day. I have told TMC employees that their names should not be placed on the electoral roll.”

“That is why we will implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act,” he said.

TMC’s Purba Bardhaman district spokesman Prasenjit Das claimed that the MLA’s comments have been “misinterpreted” and that the BJP has “political intentions” behind the implementation of CAA.

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