Key BJP ally in Bihar and Union minister Upendra Kushwaha has strongly opposed RSS-backed “ghar wapsi” events in Uttar Pradesh and also rejected the demand for an anti-conversion law, asking Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre to focus only on development agenda.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Kushwaha said, “We do not subscribe to RSS-supported ‘ghar wapsi’ events and what Yogi Adityanath said during Sant Samagam at Vaishali. How can one stop one from choosing one’s faith? Though we do not approve of forced conversion, people should continue to enjoy freedom to choose their faith at any point of time.”
The junior HRD minister said the Prime Minister had “embarked on development agenda and the NDA should stick to it… RSS idea should be discouraged. The PM should rein in people giving provocative speeches.”
Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP, however, appeared tacitly supporting the Sangh’s stand on conversions. While posters of Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, welcoming Vaishali Sant Samagam were put up across the town, LJP’s Vaishali MP Rama Kishore Singh attended the three-day function twice and also praised BJP’s Gorakhpur MP Adityanath for “invoking feeling of nationalism”.