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‘Should Interfaith Marriages Performed By BJP Leaders Be Called Love-Jihad?’ asks Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

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A day after Rajasthan Prime Minister Ashik Gehlot said that ‘love jihad’ is a term created by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel said that if the interfaith marriages of leaders of the BJP would fall under the same definition.

“Family members of various BJP leaders have also performed interreligious marriages. I ask the BJP leaders if these marriages fall within the definition of ‘love jihad,’ ”Congress said according to the ANI news agency.

A war of words on ‘love jihad’ began when Gehlot took to Twitter on Friday to say that the BJP has ‘fabricated’ the term ‘love jihad’ to divide the nation and curb the individual rights of citizens.

Gehlot also said that marriage between two people should be a personal matter for the persons concerned and that the government has no role to play in it. The Rajasthan chief of the BJP, Satish Poonia, lashed out at Gehlot, accusing him of ignoring “the plight of our daughters” and said the comments show his “little thought.”

The dispute over ‘love jihad’ has gained momentum as several BJP-ruled states such as Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are considering banning religious conversion for the purpose of marriage.

Several right-wing organizations believe that ‘love jihad’ is a ploy to get more Hindus to convert to Islam by using love and marriage as a tool to attract Hindu women to marry Muslim men.

Hindustan Times

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