SHILLONG/Sentinel Assam: Trinamool Congress MP Shanta Chhetri on Friday demanded in the Rajya Sabha that the community be granted minority status in Meghalaya.
Chhetri said the Centre has told the Supreme Court that states can consider granting Hindus the minority status if the community is not in a majority within their jurisdiction.
If Hindus are in minority in a particular state they should be able to establish and administer educational institution of their choice in keeping with the rights granted to the minority by the Constitution as per the Centre, she said.
“I humbly urge the August House to draw the kind attention of the Home Minister to urgently direct the Meghalaya government to grant minority status to Hindus via a notification as per Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution of India,” Chhetri said.
Earlier Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Muslim community in the state is no longer a minority community as Hindus are found to be the minority in many districts.
As informed by the Chief Minister the Muslim community in Assam is the largest in the entire state according to the statistical data.
He made it clear that there is a majority of Muslim people in Assam and it is not just his opinion but it is statistically proven.
The CM further stated that when Hindus are not a majority in a state one can declare them as a minority, therefore, he requested that when a Hindu Community is not a majority in a district they need to be declared as a minority.