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BJP stages walkout in UP assembly over forced conversion issue

Lucknow, Aug 12 (PTI) BJP staged a walkout in the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha today expressing dissatisfaction over government’s reply rejecting reports of forced conversions in some parts of the state.

BJP members, through an adjourunment notice during the zero hour, raised the matter of forced conversion in Shrawasti, Bahraich, Kheri and Lucknow in the recent past and called for checking it effectively.
Radha Mohan Agarwal, Kaushlendra Nath Yogi, Uday Bhan Karwariya, Krishna Raj and Sureshwar Singh drew the attention of the House to such cases stressing that deprived Dalits and the poor were being lured by missionaries to convert.

They had heated exchanges with the treasury benches as they alleged that Dalits were not getting due respect and were converting to other religions despite a Dalit being at the helm of affairs in the state.

The BJP legislature party leader, Om Prakash Singh termed conversion as a threat to national unity and lamented that even major issues are being guided by vote bank politics or what reaction it might evoke at the international level.

In his reply, the parliamentary affairs minister, Lalji Verma alleged that the BJP was misleading the House as the issue was based on mere rumours as no forced conversions have taken place anywhere.

The minister said that since the mass base of the BJP was on the wane it was raising such issues. The minister’s comment that BJP is worried as no communal tension has taken place evoked a sharp reaction from Singh who charged the government with not being serious on an important matter and staged a walkout, shouting anti-government slogans.

(Source: IBN live, 12 August 2010)

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