BJS to stop foreign-funded conversion

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Bhopal, Nov 24 (UNI) The Ms Uma Bharti-led Bharatiya Jan Shakti (BJS) has promised to stop religious conversion using foreign funds and to declare all religious properties as national heritage to check their misuse and fraudulent sale.

Releasing the party's manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election here today, BJS General Secretary Anita Singh admitted thedelay in its release due to busy schedule of Ms Bharti and said the BJS had taken care on the practical aspects of its manifesto instead of making ''hollow poll promises.'' The manifesto was also simultaneously released at Indore, by party's ''overall incharge'' K N Govindacharya and at Rewa, by party working president Sangh Priya Gautam.

Expressing serious concern over conversions taking place in the country, the manifesto says several foreign-funded organisations were indulging in conversion by manipalating the poverty, food scarcity and unemployment among the weaker sections.

Unveiling a rural-oriented development plan, the BJS promised six-hour electricity supply for irrigation. It also but emphasis on development of rural infrastructure like development of Krishi Mandi and rural roads.

Ms Singh said the BJS stood for value-based politics and strengthening of the democratic system. A study team would be constituted to look into corruption, scandals and scams during the previous government.

It also promised to set up a State Administrative Tribunal, judicial system at the panchayat-level, concessions for registering property in the name of women, uninterrupted six-hour supply of power for irrigation, removing the anomalies in conducting entrance examinations, regularisation of contract teachers, a separate department to promote small and cottage industries, setting up a Dalit Peeth, rehabilitation of rag-pickers and closure of liquor shops at sensitive places.

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