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Will not allow BJP govt to pass anti-conversion bill in Karnataka Assembly: Cong leader Siddaramaiah

Siddaramaiah alleged that the government was making attempts such as bringing in anti-conversion law to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

By: PTI | Belgavi |
Updated: December 17, 2021 7:19:01 pm
SiddaramaiahSiddaramaiah also expressed confidence about the Congress coming to power after the 2023 Assembly polls. (File Photo)

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday accused the ruling BJP in Karnataka of trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues by bringing up emotive ones like “Love Jihad, Anti Conversion” with an aim to implement its “hidden agenda”.

Siddaramaiah who is also the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, said that his party will not allow the anti-conversion bill, which the government is planning to introduce during the ongoing winter session of the legislature, to be passed.

He also expressed confidence about the Congress coming to power after the 2023 Assembly polls.

“During the MLC polls from local authorities constituencies we got about 44,000 out of total 94,000 votes, while BJP got about 37,000, JD(S) got some 10,000,” Siddaramaiah said.

He said it indicates that people want Congress to come to power.

He alleged that the government was making attempts such as bringing in anti-conversion law to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

“Is there a need for it? There is no need. If there is forced conversion, file a complaint against those involved and punish them. There is a law already.” he added.

Pointing at Hosadurga BJP MLA Goolihatti Shekhar’s claim that religious conversions by force or through inducement have become rampant and that his own mother is a victim of such act, he asked, “did he or his mother file a complaint?”

In response to a question whether the Congress would scrap the law on coming to power, he said, “we will first stop the law from being passed now, let’s see (what is to be done on coming to power if it is passed now).”

The proposed anti-conversion bill that is also being opposed by Christian community leaders is expected to come before the Cabinet on Monday and once cleared there it is likely to be introduced in the legislative assembly and council.

The bill is expected to have penal provisions, and may also insist that the persons who wish to convert to another faith file an application before the Deputy Commissioner two months prior.

Also, the person who wishes to convert is likely to lose the religion of his or her origin and facilities or benefits attached with it, including reservations; however, one is likely to receive the benefits entitled to, in the religion he or she converts to.

Meanwhile defending the proposed anti-conversion bill, BJP national General Secretary and MLA C T Ravi said, religious conversion should not become the mode to garner votes, as he called on Congress leaders including Siddaramaiah to read history and try to know about Mahatma Gandhi’s views on it.

Claiming that Mahatma Gandhi too had opposed religious conversion, he said, “the Congress which claims that they follow Gandhi’s and not Godse’s Hindutva, let them read history and see what Gandhi had to say about conversion, Siddaramaiah please read history once.”

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