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Opposition challenges government on conversions

Posted by jytmkh on September 18, 2008

MANGALORE (ICNS): An opposition party in Karnataka has challenged the state government to disclose the details of alleged conversions to Christianity in the state.
The demand follows State Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s statements that the Hindu radicals’ violence against Christians in the state on last Sunday was caused by Christians’ conversion activities.

Opposition Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda on Wednesday asked the government to place before the people the details religious conversions that took place during the 100-days Yeddyurappa’s rule.

The chief minister’s BJP government, backed by Hindu groups, completed 100 days of being in power on Sunday.

Gowda told journalists that the Chief Minister, instead of taking action against those who attacked Christian prayer halls, said conversions were the main reason for Sunday’s attacks. He should tell people how many people were converted and where conversions took place.

Gowda alleged that the government was turning the state into a “Hindutva laboratory.” He said if the government failed order a judicial probe by a High Court judge, his party would hold demonstrations. “We will take the issue to its logical end.”

The judicial probe might also probe Yeddyurappa’s complaint that some forces were attempting to destabilize the government, he said.


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