The MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, in his address, rejected all speculations about his stand on the Chakma-Hajong refugee issue and said he stands firm on his stand that rights of the indigenous communities of the state will not be compromised.
“Till I am alive, I will not allow the rights of the indigenous communities to be diluted in any manner,” he announced.
Rijiju revealed that being a Minister in the Central Government, rules do not allow him to be outspoken and he has to maintain protocol. He, however, made it clear that when it comes to the refugee issue, he stood by the sentiments and emotions of the indigenous people.
“As an elected representative, I have more responsibilities than you all,” he said while requesting AAPSU leaders not to get frustrated by mischief mongers who were out to tarnish them for their affinity to elected representatives.
“If I am not consulted, if the Chief Minister is not approached, whom will the people (AAPSU) go to, to resolve issues?” he questioned.
Rijiu also cautioned AAPSU against perpetrators of communal hatred and appealed the students to observe restraint while debating ot commenting on social media like the Facebook.