Pass Anti Conversion Bill to maintain communal harmony: Rajnath

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015,20:50 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Assuring minorities of full protection, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today made a strong pitch for anti-conversion law and said that for communal harmony all the political parties should take a decision to pass the Bill in Parliament which would put a brake on the practice of conversion in any religion.
In a detailed hour-long reply to the discussion on demand for grants under his Ministry in the Lok Sabha, Mr Singh advocated the need for debate on anti-conversion law  and said that the need for such a Bill was raised by minorities in other countries.
There are sometimes reports about `ghar wapsi’ and conversions and I urge state governments to take strict action against such incidents. But I also urge the House that for the sake of communal harmony,  the anti-conversion Bill should be passed,  Mr Singh said which was met with huge applause from the Members from treasury benches.
The Home Minister’s remarks on conversion assumes significance in the midst of controversy over anti-conversion campaign undertaken by Hindutva organisations.
He said that no country in the world will allow conversion which threatens to change the demographic profile, adding that it’s only possible in India as its a true secular country.
Lauding his government, Mr Singh said the attack on places of worship of minorities have gone down during NDA rule barring a few stray incidents which were being hyped to gain political mileage. Pledging full protection to minorities and weaker sections of society, he said ”Whatever is possible to protect the minorities we will do and we should not do politics over religious issue.
He said law and order is a state subject and in case an incident is reported, the respective state government should deal with the situation strictly. If it happens in Agra or Kerala, should the Centre intervene? Mr Singh questioned.
In a combative mood, he tried to counter Opposition parties’ allegation that communal incidents have increased manifold in the present regime. We do politics for building up a good society not for forming governments and will keep intact the secular fabric of India at any cost, he said.