Former Karnataka minister and senior Congress leader K.J. George on Monday said the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is planning to table the anti-conversion bill with an “ulterior motive”, claiming the population of Christians in the southern state has come down.
“The population of the Christian community has come down in the state. I request the Chief Minister (Basavaraj Bommai), and the government not to bring a legislation in this regard (anti-conversion),” he said.
“This law will encourage moral policing. Hinduism is strong in the country. Even after the arrival of Mughals and Portuguese, the population of Hindus is more in the country,” he said.
George further said “the Constitution is very clear on forceful conversions. It does not give room for it. It also provides opportunity for those who want to get converted to another religion”, adding: “We also oppose forceful conversions.”
Meanwhile, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah stated that his party (Congress) does not support the proposed Anti-Conversion bill.
“The BJP’s intentions are cruel and political. There is no necessity to bring the law at this juncture. The party is targeting one community. We will oppose the bill,” he said.
Reacting to this, former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said Siddaramaiah has made it a habit to oppose everything.
“The anti-conversion law will be introduced in the session. Such laws are already in place in many states. Even Congress leaders are appreciative and supporting the bill,” he said.
He further stated that he welcomed the statement of minister Sunil Kumar’s statement on bringing new law prohibiting “Love Jihad”.