Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha MP Varun Gandhi today through his Twitter account shared an article on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar that he wrote for a Hindi daily. Gandhi in his article talked about the Rohingya crisis that has been going on and also said that India must give asylum to them but before that analysis of genuine national security concerns should be undertaken as that was the supreme deciding factor, according to PTI. The article was soon disapproved by Union minister Hansraj Ahir who said that those who have national interest in mind should not make such statements. Hansraj Ahir while addressing the reporters said, “Jo desh ke hith mein sochenga woh is tarah ke bayan nahi dega (Anyone who has national interest in mind, won’t make such statements),” as quoted by PTI.
After receiving criticism for his views, Gandhi took to his social media account to clear out a few things. In a series of posts supporting his views in the article, he wrote, “My recent piece focused primarily on defining India’s asylum policy, with clear demarcations on how we would accept refugees.” In another post he added, “As for the Rohingyas, I’ve called for empathy, leading potentially to asylum, while vetting each applicant for national security concerns.”
Varun Gandhi’s posts on Twitter-
As for the Rohingyas, I’ve called for empathy, leading potentially to asylum, while vetting each applicant for national security concerns.
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) September 26, 2017
According to PTI, the BJP, in its national executive yesterday, adopted a resolution supporting the government’s stand on the Rohingya issue, saying it fulfilled its responsibilities by providing humanitarian relief to Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees while ensuring that internal security was not compromised for its 125 crore citizens. Recently, the government termed the Rohingya refugees as “illegal” immigrants and told the Supreme Court that some of them were part of a “sinister” design of Pakistan’s ISI and terror groups such as the ISIS, whose presence in the country will pose a “serious” national security threat.