The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will launch a nationwide awareness campaign over the alleged exodus of Hindus from Muslim-majority areas, its leader Surendra Jain said on Monday, declaring that some Bhopal localities too are on verge of becoming Kairana.
Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh became a political hot potato after its parliamentarian, Hukum Singh of the BJP, released a list of 346 families who he said were forced to flee the Muslim-dominated town.
‘Hindu families left under duress’
“The Hindu families left under duress,” he alleged, giving right-wing organisations fodder to ratchet up the issue of Hindu safety before next year’s assembly election in UP.
The VHP has a list of other Kairanas in the country, especially in the Madhya Pradesh capital, the organisation’s joint general secretary and chief spokesperson Jain said over the phone from Patna.
‘VHP will stand by people who migrate from their place because of fear‘
“We have received signals. We will verify it and then take steps to stop it. We will not allow other Kairanas to happen anymore. VHP will stand by people (Hindus) who migrate from their place because of fear or alienation,” Jain said.
This is among three major resolutions the VHP passed at its four-day biannual Kendriya Prabandhan Samiti or governing body meeting in Patna on Monday.
Bhopal on the VHP’s radar for the past few years
Bhopal, which was ruled by Muslim princely rulers and has large pockets of Muslim population, was on the VHP’s radar for the past few years, collecting details about the socio-economic status of inhabitants and demographic changes.
The organisation’s Patna conclave resolved to launch awareness drives in villages and cities where it said Hindu exodus has happened.
In another resolution, it called for promoting social harmony by encouraging upper-caste Hindus to establish social ties with Dalits through invitations to weddings and family functions.
The move is seen as an attempt by the VHP to rid the Sangh Parivar of the slur of ignoring the lower castes.
“High-caste people should treat Dalits as family members and have same affection like they have for their own family. This will end social discrimination,” the resolution stated.