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BJP promises ban on conversions

BJP promised to enact laws for banning religious conversions and cow slaughter if it was voted to power after Assembly polls.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2003 03:02 IST

The opposition BJP in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday promised to enact laws for the banning of religious conversions and cow slaughter if it was voted to power after the December 1 Assembly elections in the state.

These promises were contained in the party's manifesto for the elections that was released at a press conference at party headquarters here by its national president, M Venkaiah Naidu.

The manifesto also talked of introducing an Atal Awas Yojana to give houses to slum dwellers and provide food for just Rs 5 to the poor.

Under the Atal Awas Yojana, houses would be given to slum dwellers by paying Rs 10 per day and when the money invested was realised, these would be handed over to the owners.

The manifesto also promised to give free bicycles to all tribal girls going to high school and assured that salt would be made available to tribals at 25 paise per kg.

State BJP president, Dr. Raman Singh said that 1500 "dal bhaat" centres would be set up all over the state provide meals to the poor at a cost of Rs 5 to free them from hunger.

First Published: Nov 20, 2003 01:10 IST