Jammu: The BJP in Kashmir on Tuesday said that
refugees in the state deserved honour, dignity and all the
rights as enjoyed by citizens in other parts of the country.
"We remind the NC-Congress coalition here and the
Congress-led UPA at the centre that refugees, too, are human
beings and hence deserve honour, dignity and all the rights
enjoyed by citizens in other part of the country", said BJP
State president Shamsher Singh Manhas.
Addressing a public gathering under the party’s "Jan
Sammelans" at Paloura near here today, Manhas said, "it is
unfortunate that today even after 65 years of Independence,
lakhs of refugees from West Pakistan had not been granted
citizenship rights. These helpless people are leading
For decades, they are consistently agitating, holding
protests, sitting on hunger strikes and courting arrests in
different parts of the state, he said.
These people have been also observing hunger strikes
even in New Delhi, but neither the state government nor the
Centre has shown any concern towards their genuine demands,
the BJP Chief asserted.
Manhas alleged that the only reason for not granting full
citizenship rights to refugees from west Pakistan was that
most of them belonged to a particular faith and they preferred
to settle in Jammu instead of going to other parts of the
The BJP state president also said that it was not only
refugees from West Pakistan but those from PoK, too, were seen
coming by road for grant of compensation.
"Those displaced in 1965 and 1971 also have grievances. It
will not be wrong to say that our Jammu province has became
the land of refugees and it is so because of the indifferent
attitude of the government", he alleged.
Manhas said that his BJP was supporting the demands of
refugees and would continue to raise their issue at all the
BJP state vice-president Bali Bhagat said that the party
has been reaching out to the people by organising such "Jan
Sammelans" to educate them about the "anti-people" policies of
the state government.