Kiren Rijiju took an aggressive stance over Congress insinuation that entry of BJP in Arunachal Pradesh would make Arunachal Pradesh a ‘Hindu state.’
In a strong statement, the Kiren Rijiju said:
Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around.
Congress should not make such provocative statements. India is a secular country. All religious groups enjoy freedom & living peacefully.
Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunachal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other.
The BJP recently formed a government in Arunachal Pradesh after 33 of the 43 MLAs of the state’s regional political party, People’s Party of Arunachal, joined it.
Arunachal Pradesh’s religious demography at a glance, as Kiren Rijiju fights the charge on PM Modi:
Perturbed by the development, state Congress general secretary Minkir Lollen on Friday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having a clandestine way of making Arunachal Pradesh a Hindu-majority state by using gharwapsi (re-conversion to original faiths).
Christians are a majority in this state with 30.26% of the total population while Hindus are 29.04% and Buddhists are 11.77%. To check more details about the population, you can click here.
Arunachal Pradesh has an anti-conversion law which was formed in 1978 however it has remained ineffective but now with BJP in power, Congress feels that the law may be used to check on proselytization which may help in making Arunachal Pradesh a Hindu state.
Census shows that Arunachal Pradesh had no Christians in 1951 but in 2001, the people following Christianity became the third largest religious group with 18.7% of the state’s total population besides the Hindus (34.6%). Hence, the jump in their population has become a source of estrangement.
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