‘Love jihad’ off BJP UP agenda for 2017 Assembly polls

A political resolution made a demand for transparency in the functioning of madrasas in UP.

By: PTI Written by Lalmani Verma | Vrindavan | Updated: August 25, 2014 9:14 am
When asked why the resolution was silent on 'love jihad', Bajpai, when contacted, said, "It was not on the agenda, so there is no question of having it in the resolution."  Source: PTI When asked why the resolution was silent on ‘love jihad’, Bajpai said, “It was not on the agenda, so there is no question of having it in the resolution.” (Source: PTI)

The BJP has avoided including “love jihad” and “religious conversion of Hindu girls” in its political agenda for the 2017 Assembly polls drafted during the state executive meeting that concluded in Vrindavan Sunday. The issues were dropped after The Indian Express recently carried a report in this regard, sources had confirmed earlier.

However, a “political resolution” that the party passed Sunday highlighted that “rape of women of a particular community and involvement of people from another particular community in these incidents in the state, is either a coincidence or it is being done in a planned manner; that is an issue of concern”. The resolution claimed that incidents of rape have increased by nearly 50 per cent in UP and more than 1,981 incidents of rape have occurred the 30 months of SP government.

The BJP also resolved that the state government was taking decisions against criminals on the basis of their caste and religion.  Sources in the party said two leaders from Western UP had sought a discussion on “love jihad” and “conversion of Hindu girls to other religions, particularly Islam” at the meeting.

But BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai asked both of them to “keep quiet as both the issues were not included in the political agenda”.When asked, Bajpai denied any such demand was raised at the meeting.

In his address at the meeting on Saturday, Bajpai had stated that attempts were being made to convert Hindu girls to another religion in UP.

Asked about the party’s U- turn on the two issues, Bajpai said, “BJP has not taken a U-turn. The issues discussed by party office-bearers were passed by state executive Sunday and that is before you. You can draw any meaning from that resolution.”

Outside the hall where the meeting took place, BJP state general secretary and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh admitted that conversion of Hindu girls was a serious issue in UP. “Do not go by the word ‘love jihad’. The way the Hindu girls are being converted to other religion, is a serious problem, and BJP will oppose it as a responsible political party,” Pankaj said.

Party national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal, who played the role of chief guest, sought “special” attention of the media and said communalism is a political issue for other political parties but not BJP.

“BJP never made communalism a propaganda for elections. It only raised problems of common man,” he said.

The resolution also made a demand for transparency in the functioning of madrasas in UP.

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First Published on: August 24, 2014 7:34 pm
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    Bruce Lee
    Aug 25, 2014 at 1:50 am
    BJP...hahahahaha
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      Congress Mukt
      Aug 25, 2014 at 5:09 am
      This has happening form a long time.. but revealed now..SP government depends on Muslim vote... And now Muslim boy are free to do anything..Please state government wake up now... Muslim leader want only this...
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        ah
        Aug 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm
        Muslims should organize..... there is no alternative
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          Gauri C.
          Aug 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm
          Talk about hipocrasy of BJP leaders-- Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi & Shahnawaz Hussain of BJP are married to hindu women who have borne them chiildren. Did they too commit 'Love Jihad' ? Would love to hear their views on these matters. As for the Great actress Hema Malini who along with Dharmendra converted to Islam to legalise their marriage. BJP speak one language in personal life & use the opposite to gain votes.
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            GNS
            Aug 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm
            BJP as well as NAMO are fully aware a big microscope is on what they say.NAMO will be most reasonable on what he says,audio or printed word,while most of Sangh Pariwar will turn a deaf ear to what NAMO says as they know he is constrained to be reasonable for international relations or larger strategy to make himself por in the social media.What we all have to see and ensure that all outfits of Sangh Pariwar act rationally on the ground in reality matching NAMO's words.For the sake of India's millions looking for jobs, I certainly wish NAMO succeeds in cutting red tape,opening our economy much,much wider,remove the shackles for ordinary people to pursue their businesses,cleaning up our cities,improving sanitation nation-wide.I am so far happy with NAMO's actions and words.He is the first PM in independent India in confronting Indians about hygiene,lack of equal parental guidance for boys,punctuality,making life easier for ordinary people ( self attestation ) and cutting paper work.Gujarat 2002 riots horrified me about NAMO but the new Avatar of NAMO as PM is undoubtedly an outcome of the liberals' intense focus on his past record in Gujarat,good as well as bad. NAMO will be a real success and statesman of an entirely different calibre when the Sangh Pariwar too acts in line with what NAMO says or writes and does not turn a deaf ear as it does now.
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              Khan
              Aug 25, 2014 at 7:57 am
              What was the protest by RSS in support of in front of stan High Commission in Delhi about?
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                mohan
                Aug 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm
                If the people are foolish, then they would have already been enticed by the propaa of a mulude of evangelists. BJP has again started the communal agenda by propagating all these foolish and irrelevent issues. The party had failed in past decade because of deviating from the development agenda. They should learn lesson from the recent byelection results of Bihar.
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                  Avimanyu
                  Aug 25, 2014 at 5:09 pm
                  It is a matter of concern and has become like a business by Muslims and Christians to convert Hindu girls to their religions. I think all Hindu family should be careful.
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                    roli singh
                    Aug 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm
                    I feel pity on such people who even believe on BJP's communal agenda....and its even worse when youth supports such thing...its 3 months so many communal tensions in UP...such communal agendas must be banned by supreme courts .....no political parties must be allowed to put forward such agendas...
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                      RSS
                      Aug 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm
                      in stan where they belong, thanks to british raj.
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                        Sachin Jagade
                        Aug 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm
                        It is indeed a matter of concern regarding the conversion of Hindu girls to Islam. The Muslim community needs to look inward and be true to itself as to why it is using foreign funds and madras as instruments of propagating fundamentalist ideas as well as religious conversion. They should have expected a reverse Hindu majority consolidation which is what happened in the Lok Sabha elections. All ones of government and non government funding has been made available to Muslims for the development of the community. ...but to no avail. Nationalist Indians have come to realise that no matter what the Muslim community always, under some pretext or the other, causes communal incidents. The likes of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have only embolden the jihadist mindset that has been detrimental to the national fabric. Main stream media has been quite about the rise of jihadi extremism, ostensibly to maintain their secular credentials. Media as the fourth pillar of our democracy has failed to help combat jihadi terror.
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                          Sachin Jagade
                          Aug 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm
                          You are already organised. And a consolidated vote bank. We have done now with the LOK Sabha elections. You reap what you sow. It was natural that Hindus too would consolidate no matter what the likes of Lalu, Nitish, Mulayam, Mayawati, Communists, Congress, Janata Dal, do to split the Hindu votes.
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                            Siddhartha siddhartha
                            Aug 25, 2014 at 5:09 am
                            Not Muslims only everyone needs to unite against these BJP and SP who are killing us and taking undue benefits in the name of religion.
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                              Suresh Prasad
                              Aug 25, 2014 at 4:32 am
                              Yes Muslim should organize themselves and undertake Hizrat (leave for) stan
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