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Will boycott Centre’s CAA-NRC study tour to Northeast: TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar

KOLKATA: Senior TMC lawmaker Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said on Sunday that she will boycott a study tour on the CAA-NRC-NPR issue to the Northeastern states to be conducted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Dastidar, a three-time MP from the Barasat Lok Sabha constituency, has also written to Anand Sharma, chairman of the department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, registering her protest on the issue.

“I have decided to boycott the Northeast tour organised by the Union home ministry on the CAA-NPR-NRC issue,” she said.

“On principle, we are against the CAA and have been protesting against it. So this tour is sort of aimed at opening a dialogue channel with the groups who are opposing the CAA. So I have decided to boycott it,” she added.

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has been holding rallies and protest meets across the state against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide NRC for over a month.

The TMC government recently also stayed away from a meeting on the National Population Register (NPR) in New Delhi.