New Delhi: Slamming BJP MP Yogi Adityanath's statement on conversion issue, Opposition on Monday said that such remarks spread hatred in the nation and also demanded effective action from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Calling the statement unconstitutional, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that such unconstitutional statements are being made by people and that is why we want PM to react on it.
“Government should respect the Indian Constitution. This issue can only be addressed by effective action and this assurance can only be given by the PM,” ANI quoted Sharma as saying.
Backing the Opposition voice, the Samajwadi Party leader Gaurav Bhatia said that people should not call Yogi Adityanath 'Yogi' as it is an insult to the yogis (sages).
“These statements are against Constitution. It's a sinister design to spread hatred in various communities,” he told ANI.
Furthermore, UP Governor Ram Naik said that basis of conversion should be ideology and shouldn't be made political issue. He also cited BR Ambedkar's example who converted to Buddhism.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu accused the Opposition of not letting the House function. “It has always been a practice that concerned minister's answer. Home Minister Rajnath Singh himself came to house and responded. Government is ready to discuss all issues, we don't know what they want,” he said.
When asked whether PM will intervene in the matter, he told ANI that in case ministers are not capable of giving explanation only then will the PM respond.
The Gorakhpur MP, Adityanath, while supporting the mass conversion programme has said that there was nothing wrong if people re-convert to Hinduism if they are doing it willingly.
“There is nothing wrong in ‘ghar vapasi’ if one does it out of free will. Is it not a fact that large-scale conversion of Hindus into other religions had taken place before and after Independence due to allurement and pressure?” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Vaishali district.
(With Agency inputs)