Bangladeshi Migrants - Hindus Vs Muslims
This is where I completely hail BJP for standing up for the genuine rights of Hindus. I am happy to read this news and I hope government sees the point. I believe India indeed has a moral responsibility to accept all Hindus from either Pakistan or Bangladesh who have to flee from these countries due to religious discrimination. We created separate nations for Muslims, but we also need to think of the plight of the Hindus who suffered because of our decision.
Enrol Bangladeshi Hindus as voters: BJP
NEW DELHI, January 4, 2011
The Bharatiya Janata Party has no problem with Bangladeshi Hindus settled in Assam being put on the electoral rolls. Its objection was only to Bangladeshi Muslims, the party in-charge of political affairs in Assam Vijay Goel said here on Monday. In fact, he said “Bangladeshi Hindus must be put on the voters’ lists.”
Mr. Goel led a BJP delegation to meet the Election Commission and submitted a memorandum asking the Commission to undertake a proper revision of rolls ahead of the Assembly election and ensure Bangladeshi Muslims – those who have come after 1971 – are taken off the rolls.
However, the memorandum emphasised: “India has a moral responsibility to accept all Hindus of Pakistan and Bangladesh who have been displaced due to discrimination and persecution on the grounds of religion. Therefore, all such displaced persons must be granted citizenship status.”
It also noted that Bengali-speaking Hindus settled in Assam were facing intimidation and harassment from governments and this issue should be dealt with urgently and they should be granted citizenship and voting rights.
The party also talked about the “high fertility rate” among the Bangladeshi Muslims settled in the State.