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Conversion Issue rocks Parliament, MPs demand PM's Statement

New Delhi, Dec 22: The BJP government is under fire for the conversion issue that rocked the parliament today with the opposition members created a huge uproar disrupting the proceedings. They wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak on the issue in the Houses.

Replying to members on the issue, parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu told the Lok Sabha that neither the government nor the BJP was involved in the conversion or the reconversion. Rather the state governments should take action if any individual is forcing someone to convert or reconvert.

"Government is nowhere in the picture, the party (BJP) is nowhere in the picture. If any individual does it, action has to be taken by the state government," he said after Congress member K C Venugopal, supported by his and other opposition parties, raised the issue during Zero Hour.

"Action has to be taken by the state government and unfortunately it belongs to Venugopal's party Congress. Who stopped the Congress government in Kerala from taking action? Action should be taken by the state government," he added.

Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said that everyday such incident of "Ghar Wapsi" is taking place in various states. Alleging the Union government, he said that the government is indirectly supporting it.

Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha witnessed ruckus over the conversion issue with Left parties giving notice for suspension of business over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement  that India is a Hindu Nation.

A united opposition said that the government is following "an unacceptable agenda" for trying to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism and demanded a statement from PM Modi in Rajya Sabha, where the NDA government is in a minority.

"You do not need a 56-inch chest to come here; you just need a four-inch heart to come here," Trinamool Congress leader Derek O Brien said, referring to Modi's famous claim to having a big and strong chest. "The PM must give a statement. All this is a threat to integrity and unity of our nation," CPI member D Raja said.

This session of Parliament ends on Tuesday and both the Houses are paralysed over the conversion issue that made the government unable to push through major economic reforms.

Earlier, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat dared the opposition to support an anti-conversion law defending the current controversial campaign "Ghar Wapsi" launched by the Sangh Parivar. 
He also asked the other minorities not to convert Hindus if they also do not want to come back to Hinduism.

"We are trying to create a strong Hindu society. Those who have strayed, they have not gone on their own. They have been allured and have been forcibly taken away. When the thief is being caught and my property has been recovered, when I am taking back my own property, what is new in it?" Bhagwat wondered.

"If you do not like it (re-conversion to Hinduism), then bring a law against it. You do not want to bring it. If you do not want to change into a Hindu, then you should not convert Hindus too. We are firm in our position," he said.

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