New Delhi, Dec 12: At a time when the Narendra Modi-led government is finding itself at the centre of a controversy over conversions in Agra by Hindutva outfits, BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday seemed to steer the party out of the raging row by favouring a strong law to stop forcible conversions.
But he lamented that the so-called secular parties will not come forward to support such a measure in Parliament due to their vote bank politics.
"There should be no forcible conversions and a good law should be brought in Parliament against it. I appeal to all other parties to support such a law. But I guarantee that except for BJP, no other party will favour this law due to their votebank politics," Shah said at a conclave organised by a media group.
He agreed with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu's appeal in Parliament that all parties should unite in bringing a law on forcible conversions but why oppose if people want to convert by themselves.
Shah's remarks assume significance in the context of a controversy triggered by Hindu Jagran Samiti, an RSS outfit which organised a 'ghar vapsi' programme in Agra to reconvert Muslims back to Hinduism.
Virtually disapproving of the controversial remarks of party MPs Sakshi Maharaj on Nathuram Godse and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's hate speech, Shah said BJP leaders should show restraint and stay away from making comments on such issues.
"Such comments come to limelight as BJP is now in power.I believe BJP MPs and leaders should stay away from such statements. They should adopt restraint," he said.
On the issue of Ram temple, he said, the BJP's views are very clear that it can come up only through two means - either it will be constructed through consensus or through a court verdict.
Shah reiterated the party's resolve to make the country 'Congress-free' by 2019 and said the party will make this happen through its organisational strength in which the opposition party's 'weakness' will also aid it.
With inputs from PTI