Venkaiah Naidu slams Congress for disturbing Parliament session
Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu lashed at the Opposition Congress in particular and others for stalling proceedings in Parliament and creating hurdles to the passage of bills.
Says if conversions are right, then reconversions are also right
Hyderabad: Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu lashed at the Opposition Congress in particular and others for stalling proceedings in Parliament and creating hurdles to the passage of bills.
Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, the Minister said the government had been coming forward with an open mind to answer any question being raised by the Opposition parties.
But, being a Parliamentary Affairs Minister, he said, he was happy to see about 315 young and first time elects were performing well, but it was sad to see that the main Opposition Congress and others in the opposition had not yet reconciled with the BJP coming to power with majority.
“The Congress seems to have embarked on one-point programme that is to try to disturb the proceedings of the house. That is why they have been demanding suspension of question hour and issue notices for adjournment motions which are unprecedented,” he pointed out.
Taking a dig at the Congress and asking it to wait until the results of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand Assembly elections, Venkaiah Naidu said that government had made it clear that it would not bring unilaterally any law banning conversions. “We are ready to discuss the issue. The Opposition demands an answer from the government and when the government is ready for a reply, it stages a walkout. It was during the Congress regime, they passed laws banning conversion from one religion to another in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh and a similar law was also passed in Gujarat by the BJP government,” he said.
On the issue of conversions Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP government would not interfere in the issue of any religion and show equal respect to all. He pointed out that if the ‘Ghar Vapasi’ (religious reconversion) was wrong then conversion too was wrong. As far as people change their religion out of free will then there would not be any problem, otherwise it would create tensions in the society, he pointed out. It was against this background that the Centre had said that there needed to be wider and in-depth discussion on the issue. The government and the party had come out openly and condemned certain remarks which were made by some of the members of the BJP, he said.