It was a major setback for West Bengal government, the Calcutta High Court on Monday (December 23) directed the West Bengal government to stop all ads, backed by the state government, that says that National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act will not be implemented in the state.
The court ordered that until the next hearing on the matter will take place on January 9, the ban would be imposed on the ads.
According to reports, the Mamta government had given advertisements in news channels saying that people of Bengal should not worry as the state will not implement the NRC and Citizenship Amendment Act.
Before this, on December 15, West Bengal Governor Jadgdeep Dhankar had hit out at Mamata and urged her to withdraw advertisements against NRC and CAA in the state.
Dhankar while addressing a press conference at Raj Bhavan in West Bengal said he is sure the Chief Minister will at least withdraw advertisements, which state that the Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC will not be implemented in the state. He said these are unconstitutional and criminal use of public funds.
He also revealed that how an elected head of the government can use the public funds and advertise that, there will be no NRC and CAA. Public money cannot be used to lead a campaign against the law of the land.
The Governor further said that the Chief Minister should focus on administration and appealed to get into the administrative mode and if she thinks that she needs assistance from any quarters, then she should indicate. Governor said the greatest worry to him is that unnecessary fear is injected in a section of society, particularly in Malda, Murshidabad, and Nadia, which our Constitution doesn’t allow. So, the government must immediately take note of it and act very fast.