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Upendra Bharti | HENB | New Delhi | Feb 13, 2017:: Indian Union minister Kiren Rijiju today said Hindu population was reducing in India as they “never convert people”, while minorities are flourishing unlike some other countries.
“Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around (sic),” he tweeted.
The Minister of State for Home’s comment came after the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee accused the Narendra Modi -led BJP government of trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a Hindu state+.
“Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunachal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other (sic).
“Congress should not make such provocative statements. India is a secular country. All religious groups enjoy freedom & living peacefully (sic),” he said in a series of tweets, responding to the APCC’s charge.
Rijiju hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is a practising Buddhist.
In a press meet Rijiju told, “People of Arunachal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other. How BJP is converting Arunachal Pradesh? Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements?”
With this statement of MoS, Home Ministry, as ‘Majority Hindus in India are decreasing and Minorities in India are increasing’, the Congress and other anti Hindu elements have started reacting. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he should remember that he is a “minister of India for all Indians not for Hindus only”.
“Remember your oath as minister,” the Hyderabad MP said.
“What have the minorities India got to do with minorities of ‘other’ countries. It is Constitution which guarantees rights (sic),” he tweeted.
Congress Spokesperson Tom Vadakkan has also opposed the statement of Rijiju.
But, Dr Subramanian Swamy, reputed economist, Hindu think-tank and veteran BJP leader appears in defence of Kiren Rijiju, saying nothing wrong with Rijiju’s statement.
According to the 2011 Census, Hindus make up India’s 79.80 per cent of population, Muslims 14.23 per cent, Christians 2.30 per cent, Sikhs 1.72 per cent, Buddhists 0.70 per cent and Jains 0.37 per cent.
The country’s Hindu population as per the 2001 Census was 80.5 per cent, while that of Muslims was 13.4 per cent, Christians 2.3 per cent, Sikhs 1.9 per cent, Buddhists 0.80 per cent and Jains 0.4 per cent.
In 2016, BJP formed the government in Arunachal Pradesh after 33 out 3 MLA’s of Party of Arunachal (PPA) led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu decided to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. The move was accepted by Assembly Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok and Khandu called it a big moment as the lotus had finally bloomed in the state.