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Ordinances against religious conversions in BJP-ruled states violate the Constitution: Owaisi | India News

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HYDERABAD: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday criticized BJP governments for issuing ordinances against religious conversion through fraudulent means, including those for the good of marriage, claiming they violated fundamental rights of the Constitution.
He also described the Center’s agricultural marketing acts as “draconian” and challenged the Narendra Modi government to enact laws on the provision of minimum support prices (MSP) to farmers, employment and unemployment.
The adult from Owaisi saidan can marry whoever he wants and claimed that the BJP’s intention in introducing such laws against religious conversions was to flout the Constitution.
He was referring to the recent enactment of an ordinance by the Uttar Pradesh government against forced or “dishonest” religious conversions and that the Madhya Pradesh cabinet gave its approval to a similar measure on Tuesday.
“These laws and ordinances issued and passed by some states governed by the BJP are against the Constitution and the BJP is creating an atmosphere of hatred for the Muslim community,” the deputy from Hyderabad told reporters here.
It stated that such laws constituted a flagrant violation of articles 14, 21 and 25 of the Constitution related to the right to equality, the right to life and personal liberty, and the right to freedom of religion, respectively.
“I challenge the BJP that why not enact a law that provides MSP to farmers? That is the need of the moment. For so many weeks, thousands of farmers protesting on the outskirts of Delhi against the draconian laws passed by the Modi government . , he said.
Instead of doing so, they (the BJP) were bringing these ordinances against religious conversions, he claimed.
Owaisi welcomed the Allahabad High Court order annulling a FIR against a Muslim man for a marriage to a Hindu woman and ruling that he had the right to live his life on his own terms.
The court has clearly reiterated that no government has any role to play in the personal life of an Indian citizen, he said, adding that the Supreme Court had also issued a similar ruling.
Responding to a question, Owaisi said that his party will fight the elections, be it at the local polls in Madhya Pradesh or in Gujarat or elsewhere.

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