BJP NATIONAL general secretary and Bengal co-observer Kailash Vijayvargiya on Tuesday said he will take up the issue of Hindu refugees’ rights, especially in eastern India, with the top party leadership and the Union government.
He also claimed that when BJP comes to power in Bengal, all Hindus who have crossed over from Bangladesh to the state over since 70s, will be given citizenship by the government.
Speaking at a convention organised by Nikhil Bharatiya Bangali Udbastu Samanway Samity — a forum for Hindu refugees in India — Vijayvargiya said: “Before being the BJP general secretary, I am a Hindu and it is a shame that Hindus are being treated as aliens in their own country.”
“Don’t worry. I assure you that I will be your advocate general, without fees. I will talk to BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav after the Bihar elections and later to the Union home minister… If need be, I will also speak to the Prime Minister about this issue,” he told the event attended by several such refugees.
Vijayvargiya added: “Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan have been asked to convert to Islam if they want to stay there and those who chose to return to India are being denied citizenship here. I have spoken to L K Advani and will talk to senior leaders so that a Bill can be brought in to ensure that any Hindu from across the world, who wanted to return to India, are given Indian citizenship.”
Claiming that successive governments in Bengal had done nothing concrete for refugees other than given assurances, the BJP leader said: “Jyoti Basu (former CM) was a refugee himself but he didn’t do anything for them in Bengal. Later, Mamata Banerjee gave a lot of assurances to the refugees before her party came to power in the state. Now that she has become the chief minister, on my way from the airport, I see her offering prayers like Muslims and covering her head with a chadar on roadside hoardings. This shows how she has changed.”
After the event, Vijayvargiya said he wanted to tell Mamata that just as she was concerned about Muslims, she should also be worried about Hindus.
“When BJP comes to power in Bengal, I assure you that all Hindus who had come over to the state since the 70s, will be given citizenship,” he claimed.
Referring to the civic polls on October 3 and Assembly elections next year, Vijayvargiya claimed Trinamool Congress “criminalised politics in Bengal”. “Central forces cannot be deployed during the civic polls but during the Assembly polls, I will request the Election Commission to ensure adequate paramilitary force is present in the state and that they are deployed at proper places,” he said.