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Delhi BJP targets conversions

As per the BJP manifesto, Delhi will have legislation against religious conversion should the party come to power after the assembly polls.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2003 00:39 IST

Delhi will have legislation against religious conversion should the BJP come to power after the assembly elections. This is one of the major promises of the BJP manifesto for Delhi, according to highly-placed sources. The manifesto will be released on November 21.

Sources said that the BJP planned to have a law against conversion in Delhi on the pattern of the legislation enacted in Tamil Nadu. The anti-conversion law prohibits religious conversion by fraud, allurement or coercion. Other than Tamil Nadu, such a law is already in force in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh.

A senior BJP leader told the the Hindustan Times that full statehood for Delhi and the augmentation of water and power supply were among the poll promises.

Unauthorised colonies that came up till March 31, 2002 will be regularised and the changes announced in the Master Plan by the Central government will be implemented. Better bus facilities and metro rail links are also planned.

First Published: Nov 18, 2003 00:39 IST