Ghar wapsi: Anti-conversion law needed, says union min Kalraj Mishra

  • PTI, Lucknow
  • Updated: Mar 25, 2015 11:44 IST

Amdist ongoing row over "ghar wapsi", BJP leader and union minister Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday said an anti-coversion law was needed and every party must support it.

"We have been saying from the beginning that a law should be framed on conversion and every party should support it. I am of the opinion that an effective law should be enacted on this issue," he told PTI in an interview.

Kalraj said he had already favoured framing of such a law.

He also made it clear that the party had nothing to do with the the 'ghar wapsi' programme of VHP.

On the ongoing rift with its Jammu and Kashmir ally PDP over decision to release hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Masarat Alam, he said BJP would not tolerate any anti-national activity.

He said considering the present situation, the party has been issuing warning from time to time.

"I feel that the Prime Minister will finally take an effective stand in this regard," he said.

The senior BJP leader said any anti-national step would not be tolerated.

"The national leadership of BJP will take the right decision at the right time, but we won't tolerate anti-national activities," he said on ideological difference between PDP and BJP.

Mishra said if divisive forces are promoted, BJP would not accept it any cost.

The union home ministry had already sought a report from the J-K government on the circumstances under which the separatist leader was released from detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

A senior MHA official had said, "Presently, there are no accentuating circumstances to suggest that Alam's release would lead to any disturbance in the state. However, keeping in view his credentials, we need to be more vigilant."

The official said Alam had emerged as principal organiser of the 2010 protests in the valley and that is why he was repeatedly detained under the PSA, a state legislation akin to the National Security Act.

Alam is understood to be close to the Hurriyat leader S A S Geelani faction.

Mishra, who is the union minister for medium, small and micro enterprises, noted that former J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah had tweeted, "Alam was the chief architect of the 2010 protests. It's not a coincidence that the protests died out after his hard won detention."

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