Ready to debate conversion issue, says govt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2014 18:32 IST

The government is willing to debate the issue of Muslims being allegedly forced to convert to Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh but the Opposition is "running away", said union minister Ravishankar Prasad on Tuesday.

"We are ready to start the debate right now. But the Opposition is running away from the debate and making demands like PM's statement to disrupt parliament," Prasad told Hindustan Times.

"Country's development is becoming a casualty with opposition blocking Parliament. Key legislation necessary to bring India back to high growth trajectory is waiting to be discussed and passed in Rajya Sabha. Opposition should think about it," Prasad said.

The insurance bill is slated to come up for discussion and passage on Tuesday. The coal bill, which would pave the way for auction of 204 coal blocks, is also awaiting Rajya Sabha's approval.

Rajya Sabha witnessed heated protests over the conversion issue once again Tuesday, disrupting the zero hour. As soon as the house met for the day, Opposition members were on their feet protesting over the issue that stalled the upper house Monday.

Parliament has seen a logjam for the past few days over the alleged forced conversion of around 300 Muslims to Hinduism in Agra.

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