All political parties should agree to anti-conversion law: Sushma Swaraj

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2014 00:42 IST

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in Bhopal on Thursday if an anti-conversion law was enacted at the Centre, Ghar Wapsi-like programmes would automatically stop.

"We have made it clear in Parliament that until and unless there is an anti-conversion law enacted at the Centre conversions would continue. If all the political parties agree to anti-conversion law such things would automatically stop," said Sushma Swaraj when asked if such programmes like 'Ghar Wapsi' did not obstruct the development in the country.

She was talking to newspersons late on Thursday afternoon on achievements of the central government in the first seven months of its rule.

In reply to another question she said the anti-conversion law enacted in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat didn't violate the spirit of the Constitution of India. For, it didn't stop volunteer conversion. The all one had to do for volunteer conversion was to submit an application to the district magistrate and seek his permission.

When 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.

However, she said, she attended SAARC summit with the PM for three days because she was supposed to be present during the summit to sign the treaties.

She said she had travelled to 14 countries. She had had bilateral talks with foreign ministers of 18 countries from India and foreign ministers of 26 countries while abroad. She had attended as many as 15 multilateral meetings during which she had had talks with at least 100 foreign ministers.

She said it was a clear work division (between the PM and herself) that they were able to do much work in this period.

On ties with Nepal she said she could say this with a sense of conviction that India's ties with Nepal had never been so cordial and friendly as it was now.

In reply to a question she said given the Prime Minister's slogan 'Make in India' there would be a large number of companies from abroad setting up their units in India and thus enormous job avenues being opened in the country.

On Assam violence, she said all the possible measures which were required were being taken to check such violence.

In reply to a question on urea crisis in the country she said there was a shortage of urea at the moment but Madhya Pradesh was given more urea than any other state.

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