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BJP slams Digvijay Singh for remarks on Hindu refugees

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 20, 2011
URL:    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/BJP-slams-Digvijay-Singh-for-remarks-on-Hindu-refugees/articleshow/7535987.cms?from=mdr

BJP reacted strongly against the remarks of AICC general secretary and Assam in-charge Digvijay Singh on the issue of Hindu refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan. The party said the Congress leader's remarks against the Hindus "was simply a poll plank and a gesture to appease Muslim voters".

Digvijay, during his visit to the Barak Valley last week, had said all Hindus and Muslims who had come from Bangladesh and Pakistan after a stipulated period of time were treated as infiltrators and illegal migrants. There should not be any special consideration for Hindus, and Muslims were not the only infiltrators, he had said, while addressing a number of public meetings in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi over the couple of days.

He said if a Hindu from Bangladesh has come to India after a stipulated time-frame, he or she should also be treated as an infiltrator or a foreigner. "There's no constitutional provision to treat Hindus coming from Bangladesh and Pakistanis as refugees," Digvijay had said.

"Hindus are victims of the Partition. The senior leader know well the history of India and the circumstances under which the country was partitioned. He knows the fate of Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan. The AICC general secretary should remember the Liaquat-Nehru Pact signed by Pakistan's the then prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan and Indian's first PM, Jawaharlal Nehru, in 1950. The agreement sought to guarantee the rights of minorities in both countries after the Partition. Digvijay Singh was simply playing the minority card, with the assembly election coming up, by targeting Hindu refugees," said BJP Cachar district president Kirit Bhushan Purkayasthya on Sunday.

Purkayasthya said BJP understands that Hindus coming to India from either Bangladesh or Pakistan are refugees and the party has been urging upon the government to formulate an act in this regard.

Condemning the comments of the AICC general secretary, the senior BJP leader said Congress would see the repercussions of such comments in the upcoming elections.

Meanwhile, the BJP youth wing on Saturday burnt the effigy of Congress leader Digvijay Singh in Silchar. The members staged protests in different parts of the town against the Congress leader's "anti-Hindu" remarks. BJP Maligaon unit in Guwahati also burnt the effigy of Singh in retaliation to his comment on Hindu migrants from Bangladesh.

"Congress has divided the country in the name of religion and even today it is doing politics in the name of religion. BJP opposes the anti-secular Congress government for sheltering illegal migrants here for their vote bank politics," alleged Jayanta Das, former president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).
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