The controversy over Rohingya Muslims is taking new turns every day. On Wednesday, the United Nations made an appeal to the entire international community to put the political differences over the community on one side and support the efforts helping Rohingya Muslim refugees. Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson to the UN Secretary-General had said,
We have made very clear our concern at the ongoing tragedy of the Rohingyas, people who have been forced to leave their homes. The reports we’re getting, the pictures all of us are seeing are heart-breaking to say the least.
Meanwhile, the government of India had announced that it will be deporting 40,000 Rohingya refugees. On Friday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the central government plans to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday on its plans to deport Rohingya Muslims. But this did not go very well with the chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, and she called for the need to support the community. She expressed her views on the issue for the very first time and took to Twitter. In her tweet, she said that she is in support of United Nation’s appeal.
Surprisingly, she did not react all this while and conveyed her opinion only when the Ministry of Home Affairs has already started identifying and monitoring “illegal migrants”.
The Ministry of Home Affairs advisory in its statement dated August 8 had said,
Infiltration from Rakhine state of Myanmar into Indian territory, especially in the recent years besides being burden on the limited resources of the country also aggravate the security challenges posed to the country.
But Mamata Banerjee has clearly opposed the views of the Center in the matter when she tweeted this:
We do support the @UN appeal to help the Rohingya people.
We believe that all commoners are not terrorists.We are really concerned
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 15, 2017