Commission blames BJP for Muslim conversion controversy

The Uttar Pradesh Minority Commission held “conspiracy of BJP” and failure of local intelligence behind…

The Uttar Pradesh Minority Commission held “conspiracy of BJP” and failure of local intelligence behind the re-conversion programmes in some parts of the state that had triggered a major controversy during the Winter Session of Parliament.

Releasing a report at a press conference here, Commission Chairman Shakil Ahmad said local intelligence had failed to gather timely information.

“The four-member committee constituted by the Commission has submitted its report, which will be forwarded to the government. The team during its probe found conspiracy of BJP and failure of intelligence responsible for the conversion row,” Ahmad said.

The ‘Ghar Wapsi’ programme, under which Christians and Muslims are “encouraged to return” to Hinduism, triggered a controversy that was eventually used by Opposition parties to disrupt Parliament, preventing the government from passing crucial legislations such as the Insurance Bill in the Winter Session.

Ahmad said that due to the administration’s stand, no such programme could be held in Aligarh. But due to failure of intelligence, the management of a school, where it was scheduled on December 25 last, had given permission for it.

According to Ahmad, in Agra no conversion had taken place and no person changed his religion but “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its affiliate organisations had lured people with ration cards and house and they attended ‘hawan-pujan’ despite all of them being intact in Islam.”

He alleged that “after formation of the government at the Centre, BJP could not fulfil even a single promise and was afraid of the Akhilesh Yadav government’s popularity in the state due to which it resorted to “conversion gimmick”.

Reports had appeared that a programme was held in Agra by the Dharm Jagaran Manch in December last year in which 62 families were reportedly re-converted to Hinduism from Islam.

BJP leader Nand Kishore Valmiki was arrested in this connection.

The same organisation had announced to organise “Ghar Wapsi” programme in Aligarh on December 25 but it was not permitted by the administration.

When asked to comment, BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said it was unfortunate that BJP has been held responsible for intelligence failure.

“The chief minister should reply why intelligence failed. Why is BJP being blamed for the government’s failure?” Pathak asked.

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First published on: 03-02-2015 at 04:42:15 pm