Srinagar: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Tuesday asked the PDP-BJP led ruling government to fulfill former leader and NC founder Sheikh Abdullah’s assurance of granting citizenship rights to Hindu refugees in Jammu.
He also batted for and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.
"Many issues continue to hang fire. During the partition and subsequently many Hindu refugees were displaced from Pak-occupied Kashmir and arrived there. Sheikh Abdullah assured them that they will be given their rights. Their third generation is living there. They don't have state citizenship rights. They don't have ration cards and jobs. How long will they wait?" asked Bhagwat.
Stating that the state government should work with the Centre to pursue one policy and move in one direction, he said the situation in the state is a matter of concern, adding, the nationalist forces should be strengthened and "undesirables" be rooted out.
"For decades, Kashmiri Pandits have been living outside. They should live where they used to and be sure of their protection as patriots and Hindus. Such circumstances should be created and they be given justice," he said in his Dussehra address.
He said the state government headed by PDP in alliance with BJP, should see to it that a transparent and clean administration is there.
The issue of grant of citizenship rights to Hindu refugees has been a controversial issue for decades now with both NC and PDP expressing reservation over it.
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