If these immigrants don't leave peacefully, then they should be shot, says BJP MLA Raja Singh pic.twitter.com/dAf3FR2Vr0— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 31, 2018
The future of four million people hangs in the balance after they lost their citizenship in the north-eastern state of Assam. Most of these people are of a Muslim majority who migrated from Bangladesh; their names were excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens pertaining to missing documents.
Analyst believe this was done to further Indian Prime Minister Narendar Modi’s motto, which is to forward the rights of India's Hindu majority at the expense of its many minorities. His party, Bharatiya Janata Party was brought in power by a Hindu majority on the promise that they will expel the so-called "illegal foreigners" and protect the rights of indigenous groups.
Now a BJP lawmaker has threatened massacre against Bangladeshi and Rohingya immigrants who won’t leave India peacefully after being stripped of their citizenship.
Raja Singh said in an interview to a local news channel that immigrants who don’t leave India peacefully should be killed.
“If these Rohingyas and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants do not leave India respectfully, then they should be shot and eliminated," said the BJP legislator.
"Only then will our country be safe,” he added.
According to analysts these Bangladeshi may face the same fate as the Rohingya Muslims who experienced human rights abuses in Myanmar.
However, xenophobic, anti-Muslim comments by BJP leaders is nothing new. The entire world knows how the Muslim community is mistreated in an India under Modi’s administration.
“How is it right to keep foreigners in our country? There is no need to keep these pests in our country,” asked the BJP member of the Telangana Legislative Assembly for an area of Hyderabad.
Ironically, what Singh fails to understand is that Indian Muslims, who are legal citizens, are not treated any less than pests and the country’s police are often accused of turning a blind eye to the problem of anti-Muslim extremism. Sometimes they even add more fuel to the fire by actually going after the victims just because they belong to a minority.
Singh, a controversial BJP legislator has been charged in several cases for inciting hatred against Muslims on social media platforms. He was also booked in a case for attacking a police officer on duty.
People on social media have called Singh out for spewing hatred against immigrants.
If what T. Raja Singh BJP MLA is reported to have said is true a) A case should be immediately registered against him b) @BJP4India @narendramodi and @AmitShah should immediately remove him from the party. c) No other party should touch him. pic.twitter.com/jNAGpt0lM1— Seshan Ranganathan Indian (@seshanm) August 1, 2018
Please be matured. The immigrants aren't criminals. they have run out of their country in search of work, food, security etc.. They found our INDIA better than their country. INDIA should behave well with them even if they are to be returned to their country of Origin.— Amit Sapra (@Sapra_Amit75) July 31, 2018
Do people really vote for such sick politicians?— kaushik shrimanker (@kaykraze) July 31, 2018
OH MY GOD! INDIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD PUT THIS BJP MLA RAJA SINGH BEHIND BARS RIGHT NOW.— NOOR ZAMA KHAN (@NOORZAMAKHAN2) July 31, 2018
they should be shot? is that a solution? is MLA Raja Singh a goon, only a goon can think as a goon— sonitaa@k (@sonitaaak0925) July 31, 2018
Such outburst are to be condemned.He should be expelled from the Party.There has to be restraint in utterances.The PM' s appeal on moderation to the Party cadre is not being respected.— Dilip Shukla (@dilip51) July 31, 2018
If any MLAs r found indulging in corruption, they shud be shot first. This non sense guy is liability to BJP and be sacked frm BJP. Many Indians took refugee in Malasia, Singapore, Middle East, Europe & America. Srilankan refugees r still in Europe and Europe is helping refugees.— Sridhar S (@SridharSKS) July 31, 2018
Leave to where ?— Madhurima Das (@collegeblues) July 31, 2018
You neither have proof that they are Bangladeshis, nor do you have extradition treaty with Bangladesh.
Go do your work, ignoramus. And read the constitution by which you were elected
Superb, BJP touching new lows everyday ??— Asli bhakt (@AsliBhaktPakoda) July 31, 2018
Sadly, many people on Twitter appreciated Singh’s threats proving how they feed off his hate-speech.
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