NEW DELHI, Feb 13 - Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said Hindu population was reducing in India as they �never convert people�, while minorities are flourishing unlike some other countries, in remarks that can stoke a controversy.
�Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around (sic),� he tweeted.
The Minister of State for Home�s comment came after the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee accused the Narendra Modi-led BJP government of trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a Hindu state.
�Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunachal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other.
�Congress should not make such provocative statements. India is a secular country. All religious groups enjoy freedom & living peacefully,� he said in a series of tweets, responding to the APCC�s charge.
Rijiju hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is a practising Buddhist.
Reacting to his statement, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he should remember that he is a �minister of India for all Indians not for Hindus only�.
�Remember your oath as minister,� the Hyderabad MP said.
�What have the minorities India got to do with minorities of �other� countries. It is Constitution which guarantees rights,� he tweeted. � PTI