BJP demands permanent visa for Taslima Nasreen

November 26th, 2007 - 11:12 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today urged the Union Government to grant permanent visa to Bangladeshi exiled author Taslima Nasreen in the wake of protests against her stay in Kolkata that has led to her shifting from one city to another.
Senior BJP leader V K Malhotra also criticised the UPA government for not speaking on the issue.
“The way Taslima has been made to wander from one state to another is really shameful for the entire nation. Initially, our government had said that we would welcome her and treat her as our guest, but now the Central Government isn’t saying anything on this,” said Malhotra.
Meanwhile, brushing aside BJP’s allegation that the Left government in West Bengal had failed to give protection to Nasreen, the Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury said that it is the Central Government’s prerogative to issue visa and also where that person should stay.
“The issue of any foreign national staying in India and permission for that stay in India and where that particular person will stay in India is a decision that is solely the prerogative of the Central Government,” said Yechury.
The BJP, on Sunday, had demanded a political refugee status for Nasreen, who has been moving from one place to another for a safe haven.
On Thursday, Nasreen had to leave her home in Kolkata and boarded a flight to Jaipur in a burqa, after her presence in the West Bengal capital sparked violent protests in the city.
However, the Rajasthan Government also cited security reasons and sent her to the national capital within hours after she had reached Jaipur.
The Centre has assured full protection to her.
Nasreen’s visa to stay in India is valid till February 17, 2008, and she has been living in exile for more than ten years.
Since the 1990s, Nasreen has faced numerous threats from Islamic groups for her writings. Recently, activists of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) attacked her at a book release function in Hyderabad .
The European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought in 1994. (ANI)

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