BL Santosh, the General Secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), has made an incendiary comment about minorities while speaking at the Mangaluru Literature Festival. "The concentration of Muslims and Christians in some parts of the country is dangerous," he reportedly said.
"There is a 50 per cent concentration of Christian population in South India and in the North-East, it is 37 per cent. This is a threat and has to be resolved," he added.
Mr Santosh also cited the example of Malabar district in Kerala to buttress his claim. "The Malabar district in Kerala is a good example. There is a high concentration of the Muslim population and hence, they had demanded a separate North Malabar state," he said.
Santosh also reiterated that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was not a tool to disenfranchise or harass Muslims. "The NRC is not a tool to target people on religious lines, but is being done on humanitarian grounds. Hindus who were persecuted in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan had come here seeking refuge. These people will be given citizenship. Religion has nothing to do with this," he concluded.