Delhi BJP leader and advocate Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay has filed a petition in the Supreme Court to seek minority status for Hindus in eight states. According to him, if Muslims and Christians are granted minority status in states where their population is less why can’t the same be applicable to Hindus? Why is BJP trying to appease Hindus by making this demand? When the party had come to power it had promised to work for the welfare of all communities then why they are changing their stand now? Is the party trying to consolidate the Hindu votebank ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls?
According to the 2011 census Hindus population has declined and they are minority in eight states. “According to 2011 Census, Hindus are minority in eight states i.e. Lakshadweep (2.5 per cent), Mizoram (2.75 per cent), Nagaland (8.75 per cent), Meghalaya (11.53 per cent), J&K (28.44 per cent), Arunachal Pradesh (29 per cent), Manipur (31.39 per cent) and Punjab (38.40 per cent),” the PIL states. The PIL also mentioned that Hindus should be given legitimate benefits in these states.
The PIL adds that Muslims are majority in Lakshadweep (96.20 per cent) and Jammu and Kashmir (68.30 per cent) and there is significant population in Assam (34.20 per cent), West Bengal (27.5 per cent), Kerala (26.60 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (19.30 per cent) and Bihar (18 per cent) but they are enjoying the ‘minority’ status, and the communities which are real minorities, are not getting their legitimate share.
Arif Naseem Khan, Congress MLA said, “If a community’s population is less in a state then minority status is accorded to them and they are given certain benefits. RSS and BJP have been indulging in divisive politics by creating a rift between two communities.”
Bhaskar Jadhav, NCP MLA said, “The constitution of India guarantees different rights to the minorities. The government should implement this decision within the constitutional framework. They are playing with people’s sentiments and are trying to divide the society to derive political mileage. BJP has always been aggressive to create communal disharmony in the society. Leaders should refrain from indulging in communal politics.”
Chintaman Vanga, BJP MP said, “Since Hindus are in minority in Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab hence, they should be accorded minority status. This will enable them to receive various benefits in education and jobs. The government must take a positive decision in this regard.”
“Hindu’s along with the followers who are natives are at a disadvantage. Even though there is a larger number of Christian population in north-east but they are accorded minority status. Even today, top ranked government school, hospital and offices admit Christian students through explicit quotas and subsidy amount is recovered from Indian taxpayers, who are largely Hindus. I along with my family have personally faced difficulties on different levels from education to job as we belong to general category,” said Ankita Agarwal, a resident of Sikkim.