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Amit Shah dares ‘so-called secular’ Opposition to support anti-conversion law

Amit Shah said BJP's stand on forced conversions was clear and the govt was ready to bring a law to ban them.

By: Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: December 22, 2014 11:50 am
BJP workers welcoming to party national president Amit Shah before a party meeting at Palakkad in Kerala on Friday. (Source: PTI) BJP workers welcoming to party national president Amit Shah before a party meeting at Palakkad in Kerala on Friday. (Source: PTI)

As a controversy over forced religious conversions by some Sangh Parivar outfits raged, the BJP and the Government today put the onus on the opposition parties for bringing an anti-conversion law for which they were ready.

BJP President Amit Shah said government is ready to bring an anti-conversion law and dared the “so-called secular” opposition parties to support it while Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the opposition did not respond positively to this offer.

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The comments by Shah and Naidu came a day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat strongly defended the current controversial campaign of the Sangh Parivar and dared the opposition to support a law banning religious conversions.

Shah asserted that such incidents would not derail the BJP-led NDA Government from its development agenda.

“BJP has made its stand clear on conversions. And no one can derail the party (government) from its development agenda,” he told a press conference in Chennai.

He was replying to a question whether the campaign by some fringe groups on the conversion issue would affect the development agenda of the Narendra Modi Government.

Asked repeatedly about the involvement of RSS in the matter, Shah evaded a direct reply and said, “RSS is a nationalist organisation and I have no doubt over this.”

Opposition parties have been seeking to corner the government on the ‘ghar wapsi’ campaign in parts of North India and stalled proceedings in Rajya Sabha demanding a statement from Modi.

Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Chennai since yesterday, also said BJP’s stand on forced conversions was clear and the government was ready to bring a law to ban them.

“BJP is clear about its stand on forced conversions. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has said in Parliament that the government is ready to bring in a law against forced conversions. Are the so called secular parties ready to support it?” he asked.

Shah declined to comment on Bhagwat’s remarks yesterday on trying to create a strong Hindu society.

Asked about Bhagwat’s comments in favour of bringing in a law against religious conversion, Naidu said the government would not bring any law against conversion without a larger consensus on it.

“BJP had already announced that it would be right to bring a law against conversion as per the prevailing situation in the country.

“But, that is possible only when there is general consensus. Without consensus, the government would not bring any such law. An advice is given. Everybody has got the right to give advice. There is a right to write. You have the right to make commentary,” he told reporters in Hyderabad.

“If you feel the state government’s laws are not effective, there is need for an all-India law, the government has offered on the floor of Parliament, let’s go for an all-India law. The opposition did not respond positively,” he said.

Conversions have been happening in the country since pre-Independence era, he added.

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  1. R
    Ram Rahim
    Dec 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm
    OMG. It will be suicidal for Psuedo-secular parties. It will mean stopage of funds being given by Churches and Muslims Sheikhs to Congress, AAP, TMC, SP, BSP, JD, JMM and Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD.
    1. A
      Dec 22, 2014 at 11:23 am
      Rs 1 lac crore routed into India by missionaries in last one decade for conversion. They used FCRA channel which is meant for NGO funding. All details available on Home Ministry website. This was through the legal channel. Nobody knows how much came through Hawala.At the international level, there is a g project call Joshua Project which aims to convert w world into Christian with Asia, esp India as a focus area. Google a bit and you can cross verify this information
      1. C
        Dec 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm
        No, Hindu's curse is their honesty, truthfulness and inherent tolerant nature unlike Missionaries who are cunning, deceptive and are like termites.
        1. J
          Dec 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm
          Indians cannot be deprived of the right to choose and practice the religion of his/her choice. Banning conversions is banning the freedom to choose. As long as people choose their faith using their freedom, there is no problem. Have the freedom to change religions as many times as possible... Who cares... But the moment a law is brought in, state begins to choose what each person should believe and that leads to a closed society with no exchange and growth of ideas like North Korea and Islamic nations for example...- Gov't chooses what people should believe there and what lifeless and narrow minded nation they become 1986 stan ped the Blasphemy law and the establishment there has used it to target and wipe out minorities they hate. What once had 10% minority has less than 1 % today in stan. Anti conversion law can be used by establishment or parties to target and wipe out people and minorities the Gov't or its supporters hates. It could be that well meaning preachers could be taken to task and tormented by using false witnesses like what the stani establishment does to wipe out minorities. Leave the people to decide what they want...Let it not be forced on them... Let us continue to have an open society...He who converts often hearing one will easily convert hearing another... No big deal about Ghar Vapsi... Ask these people about there whereabouts after a time and it would be found that all this fuss today was a waste of effort and publicity and time...
          1. E
            Dec 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm
            So its ok for a Catholic foreign agents from the Roman Catholic church to come to India and make changes to the image of Mary to make her more acceptable or convertible on the indian potion, this irks the conversions that been happening by the roman Catholic chuch.
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