Dear BJP Supporters,
There was a news report on 30 June 2018 that the BJP Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu said that the Arunachal Government will repeal the anti-conversion law which is in place there in the next Assembly session.
“Mr. Khandu, who heads the BJP government in the frontier State, had on Thursday said the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act framed in 1978 would be repealed in the next Assembly session. The law undermines secularism and is probably targeted at Christians, Mr. Khandu said at a function organised by the Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA)…(some local) organisations believe the growth of Christianity in the State — from none in 1951 to being the largest religious group at 30.26% in 2011 — has been at the expense of the followers of indigenous faiths….The Arunachal Christian Forum and APCA welcomed Mr. Khandu’s announcement.”
Later this law reached the Union Government, which being of the UPA kept it pending. Chhattisgarh, which was also ruled by BJP also passed such a law in 2006 whose assent was denied. The UPA kept them pending, but when the BJP Government took over, the Union Home Ministry returned both these Bills back to the state Governments in December 2015. “After getting a response from all the Ministries concerned, we have sent back the Bills to Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and have sought clarifications. It does not mean that the Bills have been rejected by the Centre, the process is still on,” said a senior official.
The then BJP General Secretary Rajnath Singh had tried to pass such a law in Jharkhand as early as 2005, when he had said in an interview to Organiser before Jharkhand Assembly polls that the BJP would pass such a law in Jharkhand if it gets a majority. Finally BJP won a full majority in Jharkhand (when JVM MLAs merged in BJP) and passed this law in 2017. This law was also passed by Uttarakhand in March 2018 after BJP won a majority in 2017.
It is quite likely that the BJP will lose Rajasthan Assembly polls in December 2018. Till that time, it must immediately pass this anti-conversion law which will now get assent from the Governor as soon as possible, and also Presidential assent. Chhattisgarh Government too must do so immediately in case BJP loses in December 2018.
Other BJP Governments must immediately pass this law, like in Jharkhand and Uttarakhand in all states where they have a full majority, i.e. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra (majority with Shiv Sena which cannot oppose this law), Assam, Tripura, Haryana. This is also needed in Arunachal Pradesh. Large parts of the country would be free from the danger of illicit conversions by missionaries if this is done.
Now with Governors also of BJP, this law must be passed as soon as possible in every state with a BJP Government. This must be done before 2019; else UPA or UPA-minded Governors will try to stall such laws even with BJP Governments, if they win in 2019.
Knowledgeable Scholar (A Voice for Hindus)
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