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Congress communal, made anti-conversion laws: BJP

Posted on Apr 06 2014 | IANS

Shillong, April 6 : Blaming the Congress for being the first party in India to formulate anti-conversion laws, the BJP Sunday said its rival was indulging in "communal politics".

"The Congress should do a soul search for its indulgence in communal politics. A recent act of communal politics was the secret meeting between Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and the Shahi Imam of (Delhi's) Jama Masjid," said BJP Meghalaya chief Khlur Sing Lyngdoh.

The BJP leader said the accusation of Congress leaders against the BJP of being a communal party was "baseless and unfounded", and instead blamed the Congress for enacting anti-conversion laws in the country.

"Wasn't it the Congress that passed these laws in Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 1978, that prohibits conversion from one religious faith to any other?" Lyngdoh asked.

"If the BJP is anti-Christian or not a secular party, how did Christians in states like Goa or for that matter in Nagaland vote for BJP candidates," he said.

On illegal Bangladeshi migrants, Lyngdoh said that if elected to power, the BJP will enact stringent laws to curb their entry into Meghalaya and in the entire northeastern states as it was "threatening the political and geographical demography".

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