Hindus never convert people'; Controversial remark from Union Minister Kiren Rijiju

Hindus never convert people'; Controversial remark from Union Minister Kiren Rijiju

Hindus never convert people'; Controversial remark from Union Minister Kiren Rijiju

In his tweet today Rijiju says that "Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people". "Minorities feeling insecure in neighbouring countries come to take refuge in India, India is a very tolerant country", he added.

The Minister tweeted, "Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around (sic)", he tweeted. Rijiju tweeted, "Congress should not make such provocative statements". He criticised Congress for making such a proactive statement and reminded the party that India is a secular country where everyone is living peacefully.

Rijiju's remarks were also in response to the personal attack on him made by the state Congress. "Rijiju, after assuming charge as the Union minister of state for home affairs, is doing nothing for the development of the state as he has no clear vision". Within hours, he was trending as the opposition sought to target him for making what they called communal statements. Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said it was "an irresponsible statement" by Rijiju that was not limited to just Arunachal Pradesh.

He also said the conduct of the MoS, Home Affairs, was "unbecoming" of a minister and that the intellectual quotient of NDA ministers was on the "decline". Rijiju further questioned the Congress' motive behind these allegations and said that the people of Arunachal Pradesh are living peacefully.

"Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements?"

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.

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