APYB lambasts Rijiju for his ‘declining Hindu population’ statement

ITANAGAR, Feb 15: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Brigade (APYB) has strongly criticized Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju for his recent statement that “Hindu population was decreasing in India as they never convert people, while minorities are flourishing unlike some other countries”, and demanded a public apology from him.
In a release, the APYB has termed the statement as irresponsible, immature and said that such unbecoming attitude and statement from a Union Minister is “really unfortunate and unacceptable”.
Demanding a public apology from Rijiju, the Youth Brigade also sought his immediate resignation on moral ground for religious polarization with political and communal agenda for his own vested interest, which the organisation claimed would not be tolerated by the people of this state. “The sentiments of the people of this state should be respected and honoured by Rijiju”, they added.
The APYB alleged that the voice Rijiju raised about depleting Hindu population is a subject of the RSS and he just echoed the communal polarization statement of RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, who recently said that “everyone born in the country is a Hindu. Even Muslims are Hindus by nationality; they are Muslims by faith only”.
“We would like to question Rijiju. Why he and his BJP party and RSS want to curtail the right of religion of an individual?’ the APYB asked.
Further, they added, “MoS Home Rijiju is a personality with two faces. In Arunachal Pradesh, he has praised Christianity just to get support and votes from the Christian community in the election and at the same time he is playing against the sentiments of Christians and other minority communities to impress the national leaders of BJP and RSS.”
“In the recent past also, the BJP and its affiliates have premeditated its effort to polarize the country over cow slaughter and beef eating. We caution BJP, RSS and its leaders not to play communal politics in the near future to divide people in the name of religion, caste and creed,” the APYB added.

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