Lucknow, Dec 15: Even as the recent mass conversions of non-Hindus created a furore in the country, the defiant and the controversial firebrand leader of the BJP, MP Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur on Monday, Dec 15 said that the 'Ghar Wapsi' (home coming) must be allowed.
As per a report published in Zee media, Yogi "If a Hindu got converted in the past due to some reasons then ghar wapsi should be allowed." [UP police refuses permission to ‘Ghar Waapsi' event in Aligarh]
On Sunday, Dec 14, Yogi Adityanath said that there was "nothing wrong if people re-convert to Hinduism if they are doing it willingly", at the three-day function of RSS-backed Dharma Jagaran Samagam (DJS) in Vaishali, Bihar. [Next conversion drive to be in Aligarh on Christmas]
"There is nothing wrong in 'ghar vapasi' if one does it out of free will. Is it not a fact that largescale conversion of Hindus into other religions had taken place before and after Independence due to allurement and pressure?" he told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Vaishaligarh in Vaishali district in Bihar. [Chhattisgarh: BJP MLA attends 'conversion' ceremony]
The MP from Gorakhpur described those opposing 'homecoming' of non-Hindus as 'pseudo-seculars' and asked them to explain their stand "on the conversion of Hindus into other faiths in the Northeast".
"Those opposing 'homecoming' of non-Hindus should first oppose conversion of Hindus into other faiths in the Northeast," he demanded. [Muslim intellectual's body demands action against Adityanath]
He, however, backed framing of an anti-conversion law in the country, emphasising his opposition against forcible conversion.
Meanwhile, the UP police has said that the proposed mass conversion programme 'Purkhon ki ghar vapsi' (Coming home of the ancestors) ceremony on December 25 in Aligarh will not be allowed under "any circumstances".
Digvijay Singh slams Adityanath's comments on conversion
Congress leader Digvijay Singh today attacked BJP over its MP Yogi Adityanath's comments on conversion, charging that the party's ideology was "opposed to non-violence, truth and harmony" preached by Mahatma Gandhi.
"Mahant Adityanath's message to Hindu clergy. 'Mala with Bhala' and 'Shastra with Shastra'. He is a BJP MP. BJP and RSS talks about Gandhism.
"Double Speak. Why don't they own up Hedgewar Savarkar Golwalkar and their ideology which is opposed to Gandhi's Non Violence Truth & Harmony," Singh tweeted.
Mahant Adityanath's message to Hindu Clergy. "Mala with Bhala" and "Shastra with Shastra". He is a BJP MP. BJP and RSS talks about Gandhism!— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) December 15, 2014
Double Speak. Why don't they own up Hedgewar Savarkar Golwalkar and their ideology which is opposed to Gandhi's Non Violence Truth & Harmony— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) December 15, 2014