Ri­jiju Talks Con­ver­sion, Cong Seeks EC Ac­tion

Ri­jiju try­ing to com­mu­nally po­larise peo­ple: Tewari

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Union min­is­ter Kiren Ri­jiju has stirred a con­tro­versy in themid­dleof theon­goin­gassem­bly elec­tion cam­paign by claim­ing that the Hindu pop­u­la­tion in In­dia was re­duc­ing be­cause the com­mu­nity, un­like mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties, do not ever con­vert peo­ple.

“TheHindupop­u­la­tion­isre­duc­ing in In­dia be­cause Hin­dus never con­vert peo­ple. Mi­nori­ties in In­dia are flour­ish­ing, un­like some coun­tries around,” the min­is­ter of state for home tweeted. The BJP leader from Arunachal Pradesh claimed he was re­spond­ing to a state­ment from the Con­gress­in­poll-bound­Ma­nipur.As per him, the state­ment al­legedly said, “the “Modi-led BJP gov­ern­men­tistry­ing­to­con­vertArunachal Pradesh into a Hindu state” AICC spokesman Man­ish Tewari ac­cused Ri­jiju of try­ing to com­mu­nally po­lar­ize peo­ple and urged the EC to act against the min­is­ter. Main­tain­ing that Ri­jiju’s claim on Hindu pop­u­la­tion did not add up to the find­ings of the 2011 cen­sus data, Tewari said: “Ei­ther the min­is­ter has no knowl­edge of what the cen­sus has stated or he is in­dulging in de­lib­er­ate at­tempts aimed at com­mu­nal po­lar­i­sa­tion ahead of polls.”

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