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Mayawati urges centre to adopt humanitarian approach for Rohingya Muslims

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Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati urged the Union government to adopt humanitarian approach towards Rohingya Muslim refugees seeking asylum in India.

In a statement issued in Lucknow on Wednesday, Mayawati said that the Centre should not force state governments to adopt a stern stand towards Rohingya refugees. She advised the Centre to talk to governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve their problems. 

“The Indian government should follow the country's tradition and adopt a humane view towards Rohingyas,” the former UP Chief Minister said. 

"In neighbouring Myanmar, lakhs of Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Bangladesh and in some states of India due to continued unrest in their homee landd. The confusion over a clear policy of the Centre on allowing refugees to stay in India has worsened the situation," she said. 

Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation. On September 5, Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had said that Rohingyas were illegal immigrants and stood to be deported. 

 
 
 

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