Minorities missing from BJP’s 2019 manifesto

The manifesto, printed version, stated that the BJP is committed to the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of individuals of religious minority communities from neighboring countries escaping persecution.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 2019 manifesto (Sankalp Patra) had minorities –
Christians and Parsis omitted stating that Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs escaping
persecution from neighboring countries will be given citizenship in India.
However, upon enquiry, the BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav, who is also a
member of the party’s manifesto committee, said ‘it was an error’. Yadav said there
is no change in the party’s policy to protect ‘all minorities’.
Yadav said “The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill remains the same. There is no change
in our policy of protecting all minorities. In fact, in the Sankalp Patra, under the
Inclusive Development title, the party makes it clear that we are committed to the
empowerment and ‘development with dignity’ of all minorities – Muslims, Christians,
Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis etc.”
The manifesto, printed version, stated that the BJP is committed to the enactment of
the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of individuals of religious minority
communities from neighboring countries escaping persecution.
“We will make all efforts to clarify the issues to the sections of population from the
Northeastern states who have expressed apprehensions regarding the legislation”,
says the manifesto. The party reiterated its commitment to protect the linguistic,
cultural and social identity of the people of the Northeast.
Meenakshi Lekhi, another member of the BJP manifesto committee said the Bill
would cover all minorities of Indian origin in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
She said Pakistan and Bangladesh came into existence on religious reasons, but
initially, both countries had adopted secularism as a policy.
“Within a short span of time, the minorities there started getting persecuted. The
percentage of the minority population in these countries speaks for itself”, said
Lekhi.
Furthermore, Lekhi described India as a ‘parent country’. She said it is India’s duty to
give refuge to the persecuted minority Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs because
they are homeless and faceless in their countries and face persecution.

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Minorities missing from BJP’s 2019 manifesto
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The manifesto, printed version, stated that the BJP is committed to the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of individuals of religious minority communities from neighboring countries escaping persecution.
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