PDP Leader Demands Rohingya Deportation from J&K

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Jammu—Expressing his concern over inordinate delay in deporting Rohingya refugees camping in Jammu, Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) and senior leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vikramaditya Singh Tuesday said that his consistent stand on immediate deportation of ‘illegal’ Rohingya Burmese refugees stands vindicated after the written submission of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

In a statement issued here today, Singh said that on Monday, the Government of India in its affidavit in the Supreme Court not only called Rohingya refugees a threat to national security but also raised fears that the community could ultimately change the demographic profile of Indian States.

He demanded that the State Government immediately deport Rohingya refugees from Jammu.

He said that people of Jammu region are unanimous in demanding deportation of these refugees living illegally in Jammu.

Vikramaditya Singh earlier put PDP on tight spot when he wrote an open letter to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti demanding September 23 be declared as state holiday as ‘mark of respect’ for the last autocratic ruler of the state, Maharaja Hari Singh.

Significantly, the state observes a public holiday on July 13 in memory of those killed by the forces of Hari Singh, the then Maharaja, in 1931.

Offering special prayers and tributes to those killed, at old Srinagar city graveyard, Mehbooba had on July 13 said that these people gave their lives for the establishment of a democratic and happy Jammu and Kashmir.

No one from the BJP, the PDP’s ally in the state government, had attended the function, as the party has in the past denounced the event as a black day.

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