Syed Sujeel Ahmed | India Tomorrow
Bengaluru – Former Karnataka Chief Minister (CM) Siddaramaiah lashed out at CM of Karnataka B S Yediyurappa on his proposal to enact a law criminalizing religious conversion for marriages between a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl (referred to as “Love Jihad” by the Hindutva organizations). In a series of tweets yesterday, Siddaramaiah termed Yediyurappa’s proposal as a frivolous attempt to divert public attention from their miserable administrative and policy failure. Siddaramaiah is the leader of opposition in the Karnataka Assembly.
Siddaramaiah further wrote that the BJP wants to mislead people with their wrong interpretation of recent Allahabad High Court judgement. The court only said that the conversion for the sake of inter-religious marriage is wrong, but it ‘does not’ say that inter-religious marriage itself is wrong. Siddaramaiah accused Yediyurappa of taking inspiration from Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi government and wrote, “It is unfortunate that CM of Karnataka and minister are taking inspiration from CM of Uttar Pradesh. Karnataka is always known for its liberal and progressive ideas. Uttar Pradesh, which is known as ‘Goonda Rajya’, can never be an inspiration or a model State.”
Earlier on Thursday, Yediyurappa, addressing the BJP state executive meeting in Mangaluru, said that his government would take strong measures to put an end to religious conversion in the name of “love jihad.”
He further added, “Off late there have been media reports suggesting that there is religious conversion for love jihad in Karnataka. I have discussed this with the officials. I don’t know about what other states have done or not, but in Karnataka we will have to stop it.” “Young girls of the state are being lured in the name of love and money and are being converted to other religions, we have considered it seriously. After thorough review, we will take a strong measure,” he further added.
BJP national general secretary and Karnataka’s Minister for Kannada and Culture CT Ravi in a tweet on Tuesday wrote that on lines of Allahabad High Court’s order, Karnataka too will enact a law banning religious conversions for the sake of marriage.
The Allahabad High Court had recently observed that conversion just for the sake of marriage is illegal and dismissed a plea filed by a newly married couple who sought court’s help to restrain girl’s parents from interfering in their life.