BJP kicks up a new controversy, as its MLA Hukum Singh said he would oppose riot refugees from voting in his constituency Khairana as they were living illegally on a government land. The MLA made these remarks couple of days ago, and has on Saturday filed his nomination papers from Khairana Lok Sabha seat.
The controversy sparked when former Chief Minister remarked that he will not allow “so-called” refugees to be enrolled in Khairana constituency in Shamli district as they were living away from their homes and had encroached upon government land by camping. The MLA said that the names of the refugees were not deleted from the voter list of their respective constituencies. He added that he would not campaign in any of the refugee camps situated in Khairana constituency as the people were not voters.
Muzaffarnagar had witnessed bloody riots in which more than 60 people were killed and more than 40,000 people displaced in 2013. Currently over 7,000 refugees are staying in nine refugee camps in Khairana. The camps are situated in Malakpur, Khurgan, Barnawi, Dhabheri, Khurd, Mansoora, Roten, Tisang, Amtikhurd areas of the city.
However, the Kairana MLA refuted the charges made against him as “wrong and baseless charges as there had been no chargesheet filed in court against me in connection with the riots case so far”.
Singh also reacted sharply to the comment made by former Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar who termed it as “shameful”. The BJP MLA was among the 16 political and community leaders who were accused of inciting violence through inflammatory speeches in Muzaffarnagar and was also arrested for a brief period.