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BJP-ruled states asked to check conversions
K G Suresh in New Delhi | April 03, 2006 20:37 IST
Toeing the Sangh Parivar line, Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh has asked his party governments in states to implement the 'Hindutva' agenda including a check on cow slaughter and religious conversions and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
In a wide-ranging interview with PTI, Singh, who is all set to undertake his first national-level Yatra from April 6, did not rule out the possibility of mid-term polls and said the party was "fully prepared" for it.
Virtually rejecting expelled leader Uma Bharti's plea to support her candidate against United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the Rae Bareli bypolls, he hinted at the possibility of the BJP fielding its own candidate there.
"I have already asked the concerned states to take effective steps to ensure that cow slaughter and conversions are checked and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are deported", he said when asked about Vishwa Hindu Parishad Supremo Ashok Singhal's recent remarks that to prove his 'Hindutva credentials' Singh would have to take these steps in the party-ruled states and not just make ideological statements."While some of the states have already put necessary legislation in place, others are in the process of doing them," Singh said but declined to react to Singhal's remarks. "Today, India has a Muslim President, a Sikh Prime Minister and a Christian heading the ruling coalition, a Parsi Field Marshal and a Sikh Army Chief because of its Hindu majority", he said but quickly added that Sikhs were anyway part of the large Hindu community.