Varun Gandhi, the young BJP leader, has done it again. The 37-year-old MP from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh has, in an article today, advocated asylum for Rohingya Muslims who have escaped the violence in Myanmar, a view that is in contrast to what the government has advocated.
In an editorial today in Navbharat Times, Varun Gandhi writes that Rohingya refugees should not be deported but treated humanely. Hansraj Ahir, Minister of State for Home, said Mr Gandhi's view is "against national interest." Mr Ahir was categorical in rejecting that claim. "Anyone who cares about national interest will never give such a statement," said the junior Home Minister.
Varun Gandhi, whose mother Maneka Gandhi is a union minister, told NDTV, "I've called for empathy, leading potentially to asylum, while vetting each applicant for national security concerns."
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