Muslim conversion row: Akhilesh Yadav challenges BJP to convert him

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Kanpur | Published: December 13, 2014 1:12:55 PM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today alleged that the BJP was "misguiding" people in the name of religious conversions...

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was “misguiding” people in the name of religious conversions and challenged the saffron party to “try and convert” him.

“People gave BJP most seats in the recent Lok Sabha polls. But the party is fooling the same people on the name of religious conversion,” the chief minister said.

Yadav threw a challenge before the BJP, saying it should “try to convert him to another religion”

Referring to the plans of a “mass conversion ceremony” in Aligarh, announced by a Hindu outfit, Yadav said that it was the responsibility of the district administration to maintain law and order and arrest the trouble makers.

District authorities in Aligarh today issued a warning to those trying to disturb communal amity while asking citizens not to get provoked ahead of the proposed December 25 ceremony.

The leaders of Aligarh-based Hindu Jagaran Samiti had announced a mass conversion ceremony of Christians and Muslims, described by them as “homecoming”, at a local college here on December 25.

Following this, a delegation of Christian leaders met the DM today to express their concerns on the statements and were given an assurance by him that he would look into the matter.

Hindu Jagaran Samiti had announced its plan for mass conversion on December 25, which was welcomed by the local BJP MPs who said people are within their rights to choose their religion.

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