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VHP backs Rijiju remarks on Hindu population

Kiren Rijiju. File photo

Kiren Rijiju. File photo

The VHP on Tuesday came out in support of Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju over his remarks on the “declining Hindu population”, saying the comments were in the nation’s interest and were made by a responsible leader who himself is a Buddhist.

“Rijiju, a Buddhist, made this statement in the nation’s interest,” VHP’s international general secretary Surender Jain said in a statement.

‘Cheap politics’

Mr. Jain further said, those who are criticising Mr. Rijiju for his remarks are “indulging in cheap politics and minority appeasement which will not only impact the country but Muslims also”. He added that today all societies across the globe had accepted the concept of family planning but there a is section of politicians who does not want Muslims to do so, which is only hurting the community.

A controversy erupted on Monday over a tweet by Union Minister of State for Home Rijiju that India’s Hindu population was decreasing as Hindus do not convert other people.

Mr. Rijiju’s comment came after the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee accused the Modi-led BJP government of trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a “Hindu state”.


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