BJP leader demands minority status for Hindus in North East

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Guwahati, November 1: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India demanding minority status for the Hindus in the Five Northeastern states along with Punjab, Lakshadweep and Jammu and Kashmir.

The PIL has been filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a BJP leader from Delhi, which says that the Hindus in the Northeastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur need to be given minority status.

It says that as per the 2011 census, Hindus are a minority in about eight states where the population of Hindus is very low.

He giving the details of population in percentage said that in Punjab Hindu population is 38.4 percent, in Jammu and Kashmir this figure is 28.44 percent, Manipur 31.39 percent, Arunachal Pradesh 29 percent, Meghalaya 11.53 percent, Nagaland 8.75 percent, Mizoram has only 2.75 percent and Lakshadweep has the least population with only 2.5 percent Hindus.

The PIL filed by him stated, “Christians are the majority in Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland and there is a significant population in Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Manipur, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, but they are treated as minority. Likewise, Sikhs are a majority in Punjab and there is a significant population in Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana but they are also treated as minority.”

However, the PIL doesn’t mention any such demand for Assam, Tripura or Sikkim.