'Secular Parties' Urged to Support Anti-conversion Bill

Published: 04th January 2015 05:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2015 05:57 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: BJP national president Amit Shah on Saturday urged “secular parties” to support the NDA government to bring a law banning forceful conversions.

Though supporting the Ghar Wapsi (reconversions) programme initiated by a few pro-Hindu outfits, he said, “Ghar Wapsi is not a BJP government programme. We (BJP) are strongly opposed to forceful conversion of any citizen...The so-called secular parties should support BJP in bringing a legislation to stop forceful conversions,” he said.

On recent media reports that the Congress is contemplating to form Bharatiya Hindu Samaj on the lines of Vishwa Hindu Parishat, Shah said everybody has the right to form such outfits. “All people - Muslims and Christians are independent to form such organisations. Everybody has the right to do so,” he said.

On Government  Formation in J&K

Replying to a question on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said all options were open for BJP and the party is open to explore all those possibilities. He expressed confidence of BJP finalising its decision soon.

When his attention was drawn to National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah’s recent tweet that there was no deal with BJP, Amit Shah asked, “Do you believe that Omar Abdullah will reveal all truth to you?...Even I cannot tell about it.”

On Recent CBI Clean Chit

Asked about the Opposition’s charge that the CBI’s credibility has taken a beating after a special court discharged him in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, Shah said the verdict was given by the court which does not come under the ambit of the government.

“The clean chit was given by the court, and courts do not come under government’s purview. It works under the supervision of the Supreme Court....My party and my lawyer will speak on it,” he said. Shah said that India has been retaliating in an effective manner against cross border firing from Pakistan. “After BJP formed the government, India has been giving fitting reply ....,” he said.


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