Kochi | As the NDA Government continued to face opposition heat over the conversion issue, BJP President Amit Shah today pitched for an anti-conversion law in the country and wanted the ‘so called secular’ political parties to support such a measure in Parliament. BJP is the only political party in the country that opposes forceful conversion and the so called secular political parties should come forward to support an anti-conversion legislation, he said here.
Shah was talking to reporters, winding up his twoday visit to state to gear up for the party organisational structure to face challenges of local body and assembly elections to be held in 2015 and 2016 respectively. When asked whether BJP would hold talks with minorities’ outfits on the matter, he said further steps on the legislation can be taken up only after a consensus was evolved among political parties in the country.
On the controversial ‘Ghar Wapsi’ (conversion ceremony) by a Hindutva group in Uttar Pradesh, Shah said the matter was now before the court. I do not want to make comment on the issue till the court decides, he added. Dismissing Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s charge that NDA-led by BJP was dividing the people on communal lines, he said ‘no such thing has taken place in the country’.
On criticism that BJP had taken a ‘u-turn’ on several issues, particularly on Aadhar and black money, he said the party-led government was committed to bringing back black money stashed away abroad. BJP was not totally against Aadhar, he said adding it was concerned about certain issues regarding its implementation and necessary changes in this regard were being worked out. After coming to power, the first action of the NDA was to set up a Special Investigation Team to unearth black money, he pointed out.
Bilateral talks with foreign countries were also on to remove hurdles in bringing back black money. The Finance Ministry had sent a special team to Switzerland and after that government of that country had agreed to cooperate with India, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken up the issue in international fora and was on a move to arrive at a consensus among countries, he said. BJP led NDA has done much more in last six months than what the Congress-led UPA did in ten years to bring back black money stashed away in foreign countries, Shah added.
Meanwhile, strongly defending the current controversial campaign of the Sangh Parivar, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat dared the opposition to support a law banning religious conversions.
He also asked the other minorities not to convert Hindus if they also do not want to come back to Hinduism. We are trying to create a strong Hindu society. Those who have strayed, they have not gone on their own. They have been allured and have been forcibly taken away. When the thief is being caught and my property has been recovered, when I am taking back my own property, what is new in it? Bhagwat wondered at a Hindu sammelan in Kolkata.
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