‘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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    Bruce Lee
    Aug 25, 2014 at 1:50 am
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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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        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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            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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