Conversion row not to hit development, says Amit Shah

Govt ready for law to ban forced conversion

Conversion row not to hit development, says Amit Shah

Amid the raging controversy over a conversion bid by some Sangh Parivar outfits, BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday asserted that such incidents would not derail the party-led NDA government from its development agenda.

“The BJP has made its stand clear on conversions. And no one can derail the party (government) from its development agenda,” he told a press conference here. He was replying to a question whether the campaign by some fringe groups on the conversion issue
would affect the development agenda of the Narendra Modi Government.

Asked repeatedly about the involvement of RSS in the matter, Shah evaded a direct reply and said, “RSS is a nationalist organisation and I have no doubt over its activities.”

Opposition parties have been seeking to corner the government on the “ghar wapsi” campaign in parts of North India and stalled proceedings in Rajya Sabha demanding a statement from Modi.

Shah, who is on a two-day visit to the city since Saturday, also said BJP’s stand on forced conversions was clear and the government was ready to bring a law to ban them. “BJP is clear about its stand on forced conversions. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has said in Parliament that the government is ready to bring in a law against forced conversions. Are the so called secular parties ready to support it?” he asked.

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