MP: Parties should agree to ban conversions, says Sushma Swaraj

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2014 16:23 IST

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that if an anti-conversion law was enacted, programmes such as the controversial ‘ghar wapsi’ initiative would automatically stop.

"We have made it clear in parliament that until and unless there is an anti-conversion law, conversions would continue", Swaraj said during a visit to the Madhya Pradesh capital.

Her comments came amid fresh reports that conversions took place during a programme by VHP in Kerala, where several Christian families were 'converted' to Hinduism. She said the anti-conversion law enacted in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat didn’t violate the spirit of the Constitution of India because it didn’t stop conversions by choice.

Asked about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s frequent foreign visits and her absence during these trips, she said it was not necessary for a foreign minister to accompany the PM in every visit. A foreign minister usually undertook ‘stand-alone’ visits, she said.

On ties with Nepal, she said relations were at an unprecedented high. The foreign minister also spoke on the Assam violence, assuring that the Union government was taking "all possible measures" needed to check such violence.

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