SAD against forcible religious conversions: Harsimrat

  • Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2014 20:43 IST

Amid the uproar over religious conversions by right wing Hindu organisations in Uttar Pradesh, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the alliance partner in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has opposed the forcible conversions.

SAD Bathinda MP and union food processing industries minister, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, while talking to the media during the inauguration of refurbished Dadi-Poti park here on Friday, said that every person has the right to practice one's own religion and that her party is against forcible religious. conversions.

When asked about the BJP calling for a national law on conversions, she said that her party will go through any such law if made by the government and will decide its stand, accordingly.

Replying to a query on a woman trying to commit suicide in front of the chief minister's residence in Chandigarh by setting herself ablaze, she said that it was a very unfortunate incident and the government will reach the root cause of happening.

She said that a mega food park would be inaugurated in Fazilka district's Dabwala Kalan on December 13, which would be the state's first and the country's fourth such park. Spread in around 55 acres of land, it has been constructed at a cost of Rs 136 crore.

The Union minister expressed that very soon a food processing training institute is being opened in Bathinda wherein the youngsters would be imparted training and would be imparted entrepreneur skills.

While answering another query about the Centre having rejected the state government's demand of drought relief package, she said that the central government would soon give Punjab a drought relief package.

She said that there were flaws in the formula for extending drought relief package and she has raised the matter.

"Due to lesser rain this monsoon season, farmers' dependence on irrigation had increased which ultimately raised expenditure on other resources such as diesel and power and, ultimately, increased the input costs so the state deserves the package and the same will be announced soon. She added that there was no shortage of urea in the state," she said.

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