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Uproar in Lok Sabha over Religion Conversion in UP

New Delhi, Dec 11: The Parliaments witnessed a huge uproar on Thursday in both the Houses with the opposition parties slammed the government over the conversion of 57 Muslim families into Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh.

The BSP and Congress members cornered the Narendra Modi-led BJP government when the Houses met today morning. The Congress MPs shouted slogans in the background during the question hour in Lok Sabha demanding a debate, while Congress gave notice for a discussion on religious conversion in the Upper House Rajya Sabha.

Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge pressed for a detailed discussion on conversion row. Appealing to the opposition parties not to disrupt the Parliament, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu countered Opposition charge, saying Govt is ready for discussion on any issue.

"When there will be a debate, we will discuss both conversion and re-conversion", he said, adding "I Agree that anti-conversion law should be made".

BJP also dares SP to conduct probe into UP conversion row.

Hitting out at the government, BSP chief Mayawati said "This is a planned controversy by RSS-backed outfits to damage the secular fabric of the nation".

"BJP and its affiliated outfits are trying to create communal tension in UP", she alleged saying, "The SP, which is in power in UP, must look into the matter".

This is also the responsibility of the Centre to see no such forced conversion takes place, she added.

In a counter reply, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar said nobody talks about Hindus conversion. He also claimed that the forefathers of J&K CM Omar Abdullah were also Hindu.

Congress MP PL Punia raised slogan seeking PM's reply on religious conversion issue. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the government is not afraid of any debate on conversion. He pointed out that Hindus were forced to converted in many stats and it continues even today.

We all know who is behind conversion of poor Hindus - Vatican - from where the entire money flows, Raut said in the House.

Defiant BJP MP Yogi Adityanath said, "Will attend conversions program. It is cultural program, nothing wrong with it".

Earlier, Congress and Samajwadi Party had given notice over alleged forced conversion in Uttar Pradesh's Agra by several groups affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and demanded a debate on the issue.

However, later, SP leader Naresh Agarwal denied that his party has given any notice for discussion over religious conversion. Janata Dal (United) is also likely to give a similar notice to the Lok Sabha Speaker today.


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