Patna: Senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday insisted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak on "divisive" issues like conversion and felt Modi's 'silence' suggests utterances of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and others did have his "support".
"This government came into power in the name of Narendra Modi hence only he could state the mind of the government on divisive agendas being run by RSS and other organisations of Hinduavta," Kumar told reporters here.
"They sought vote from people for installing 'Modi sarkar' and not 'BJP sarkar' hence only his two words on the issues of conversion and glorification of Nathuram Godse, killer of father of nation, could instill confidence among people of all communities," Kumar said.
"We all remember that the then BJP President Rajnath Singh had to eat his words within 45 minutes when he had first asked 'vote for BJP government' during campaign and corrected it to seek vote for Modi sarkar," he added.
Kumar insisted PM should 'open his mouth' to clear air "vitiated" by "irresponsible" utterances by Union State Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Sakshi Maharaj praising Nathuram Godse and later on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat saying religious conversions in the garb of "ghar wapsi" (home coming) would continue.
"If you do not open your mouth it means these utterances to promote divisive agenda have your silent support to instill a sense of fear among minorities," he said emerging from Legislative Council.
"Has the slogan of 'Sabka sath sabka vikas' changed to 'RSS ka sath aur RSS ka vikas," asked Kumar, who is former Chief Minister of Bihar.
On BJP's argument asking opposition parties to bring a new law to check conversion, Kumar said "there is no need for it."
"The existing laws and recent judgement of Supreme Court about marrying a person of another community not bestowing the privilege of the new religion makes it clear that prompting anybody to convert through allurement or force is illegal," he stressed.
"There is no confusion about the Constitutional position on the topic of conversion...There are already laws in place to prevent unwanted religious conversions," Kumar whose party JD(U) is extending active support to opposition in Rajya Sabha to stall its functioning on issue of conversion said.
Kumar, who is playing an important role in merger of six parties into original Janata Parivar, said "poll promises of bringing back black money, creating jobs for youth and enhanced MSP for farmers have been put on backburner and the BJP government main task appears to be promoting divisive agendas like conversion."