Anti-conversion bill: Amit Shah, RSS leaders meet in Jharkhand amid stiff opposition from Christian bodies

A J Ekka, chairman of the All Churches Committee, said, "The rally has been postponed. I am not quite sure of the reason. But, we have been informed that it will be held at a later date."

By: Express News Service | Ranchi | Updated: September 16, 2017 10:42 pm
BJP, amit shah, RSS, Jharkhand, anti-conversion bill, Jharkhand anti-conversion bill, india news, indian express news Ranchi: Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Union Minister Jayant Sinha and other dignitaries wave at the crowd on the inauguration of Poor Welfare Fair on completion of 1,000 days of Jharkhand Government, in Ranchi on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI9_16_2017_000042A)

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday held a meeting with the RSS leaders of Jharkhand and their affiliated organisations at their office in Ranchi, as part of his three-day tour to Jharkhand. The meeting comes amid stiff opposition from the Christian bodies against the anti-conversion bill brought out by the government.

However, the proposed rally against the anti-conversion bill was postponed. A J Ekka, chairman of the All Churches Committee, said, “The rally has been postponed. I am not quite sure of the reason. But, we have been informed that it will be held at a later date.” DSP Vikas Chandra Srivastava, the spokesperson for Ranchi police, confirmed the development. “The Morabadi rally has been postponed to September 23. It was primarily due to security reasons,” he said.

According to sources in the RSS, the usual matters of agenda were discussed during the meeting. “It was not an official meeting. Since Shah is himself a Swayam Sevak, he decided to come over for an informal chat on various issues. As far as our agenda is concerned, our views are very clear on issues like conversion. The government has moved a bill and we would like it to become a law,” said an RSS official. He added that the RSS was never against any particular religion, but, conversion, as a concept, was simply not acceptable.

“It is a matter of loyalty to Bharat Mata. Through conversion, this aspect takes a certain tilt, which is not healthy,” he said. Shah later also had lunch in the house of Kargil martyr Birsa Oraon, where they were served simple food in leaf plates by the slain martyr’s wife and other family members. He also met people in the area, breaking the security cordon.

In Morabadi, the speakers raised their voice against the anti-conversion bill and amendments to the land acquisition Act, 2013, saying they were ploys to divide the tribal people and take away their land. The Christian bodies have raised their voice to the extent of urging the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das. However, Shah, during the press conference, refused to make a comment on the issue saying everybody was entitled to his opinion.

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    Vikram
    Sep 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    Profess does not mean en lement to convert. Conversion entails speaking negatively about the faith the target person is currently professes. Conversion to non Vedic faiths is not healthy for the country because certain organised religions with seats outside India encourage loyalty towards them and disloyalty towards India. Evangelists have clearly become a pesky problem in India.
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    1. madhusudan Bangalore
      Sep 17, 2017 at 8:31 am
      BJP MUST STOP THIS PROPAGANDA AND ENSURE SWIFT ACTION AGAINST CULPRITS OF HUNDRED OF GIGANTIC SCAMS WORTH TRILLIONS OF RUPEES TOOK PLACE DURING 10 YEARS OF UPA REGIME. ONLY THEN PUBLIC WILL BELIEVE BJP LEADERS WHO ARE MASTER IN BLUFFING PUBLIC. THIS MUST STOP FIRST AND GOVT MUST ENSURE PROMPT ACTION. SO THAT NO CORRUPT AND ANTI-NATIONAL POLITICIANS CAN DARE TO REPEAT THE PAST.
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        Swamy
        Sep 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm
        Can one expect BJP to stop Propaganda.Never.BJP/RSS existence depends on lies,rumours and propaganda.The day BJP/RSS stops that it will vanish.Brahmanwadi have generations of experience how to arouse religious temper and garner votes.
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          Vikram
          Sep 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm
          Brainwashed vatican kid detrimental to our country
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        Raju
        Sep 17, 2017 at 1:13 am
        Article 25 of Indian Cons ution grants freedom to every citizen of India to profess, practice and propagate his own religion. The cons ution, in the preamble professes to secure to all its citizen’s liberty of belief, faith and worship.The net position thus is, every individual citizen in India has full freedom of religion. No one is subjected to any social, economic or political discrimination simply on grounds of religion. Discrimination in public employment on grounds of religion is prohibited by Article 16. Thus, every citizen of India is en led for equality opportunity for public employment. The religious minority, is given the right to establish and maintain educational, charitable and religious ins utions with minimum of interference by the state. Thus no body is en led to question the secular character of the Indian polity.The correct position is—while every individual is free to profess, practice or propagate a religion of his choice conversion secured through forc
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          khalija
          Sep 16, 2017 at 11:22 pm
          India shall ban any form of conversion. Indians never followed intolerant, divisive, violent doxies (religions). Indians always held Dharma, innate goodness and never were judgmental of anybody's faith, practises. Religions are like clubs, one is either its member or not, they profess monopoly over heaven and dish out tickets to its followers, rest are all destined to be thrown into hellfire. Though Christians in the west, Montreal is a right example, have realised the venture-capitalism of religions and have en masse left churches and become atheist, apatheist, agnostics and on a Sunday Mass in huge cathedral only two persons is a common sight, people in Africa and Asia are being fooled around and are falling prey to their vulturists. Ban all conversions and let people revert to Dharma. Nobody shall be labelled a Muslim or Christian on birth. Just let them have Indian names on birth devoid of any religion. PERIOD and bring down all Churches and Mosques
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