Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday questioned Modi government’s decision over sending the Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, saying if Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who has been living in India in exile since 1994 can be the sister of Prime Minister Modi, why can’t Rohingyas be his ‘brothers’.
The Loksabha MP while addressing a public gathering late last night, attacking the NDA government over its stance on Rohingyas, who are fleeing Myanmar’s violence-hit Rakhine state said, “Is it humane that you want to send back those who have lost everything? This is wrong.”
The BJP government at the centre should not see the Rohingyas as Muslims but as refugees, he maintained. “We want to tell the BJP government, don’t look at them as Muslims. They are refugees,” he said.
Owaisi said, “India gave shelter to refugees from Tibet, those from Sri Lanka and Chakma refugees from Bangladesh”.
“When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done? They were shifted from one camp to another,” the AIMIM leader alleged.
The Constitution of India gives right to equality and that applies to refugees as well, “The BJP government says we will send all Rohingyas back. We want to ask the Indian prime minister, under which law you will send them back, which law?” he asked.
On the other hand, RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya while talking to News18 said, “Hindus have no other place to go. The ‘Hindu Rohingyas’ are philosophically and ideologically in sync with the land. They can’t be treated the same way as others,”
Govindacharya had last week impleaded before the Supreme Court seeking deportation of Rohingya Muslim refugees, claiming that allowing them to stay in India may lead to “another partition”.