New Delhi: Breaking his silence on the row over the Assam citizens' list, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back at Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for warning that it could lead to "civil war and bloodbath".
"Those who have lost faith in themselves, fear loss of popular support and lack faith in our institutions can use words like 'civil war', 'bloodbath' and 'desh ke tukde tukde'. Evidently, they are disconnected from the pulse of the nation," PM Modi told news agency ANI in an interview on Saturday.
This is the first time that PM Modi has spoken on the national register of citizens (NRC).
A draft list of citizens by the government had dropped 40 lakh people, who had not able to prove their Indian citizenship for one or the other reason.
The opposition has been attacking BJP since 40 lakh people were found excluded from the draft list of the National Citizens' Register.
Mamata Banerjee had spearheading the battle against the NRC list inside parliament and out. Amit Shah countered her allegations, saying the Trinamool chief was playing vote bank politics.
"I want to assure the people that no citizen of India will have to leave the country (because of the NRC). As per the due process, all possible opportunities will be given to get their concerns addressed," PM Modi said.
PM Modi said it is "extremely unfortunate" if someone is making it about politics. "It is about people, not politics," he said and blamed the Trinamool Congress and Rahul Gandhi-led Congress of playing politics over the citizens' list.