VHP members meet MPs, raise issues of conversion, safety of Hindus in Bangladesh, Pakistan
The Vishva Hindu Parishad, a Hindu organisation, conducts an annual campaign to meet all Members of Parliament to discuss issues related to "Hindutva and nationalism". Members of the VHP have, so far, met 327 MPs from parties including the BJP, All India Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena and Aam Aadmi Party this year.
The VHP is running its campaign in two stages. In the first phase, the organisation has met MPs from north, central, west and north-east India apart from West Bengal. In the second phase during the Budget session, the VHP plans to meet MPs from Odisha and south India.
WHAT WAS DISCUSSED AT MEET?
According to an official statement issued by the VHP, one of the issues discussed during the organisation's meeting with the MPs was religious conversion through allurement or deception. On this, the VHP demanded that the Centre and state government enact stringent laws against the malpractice.
Another issue raised was that "tribal people who abandon the faith of their ancestors and convert to another religion" continue to receive reservation and other facilities guaranteed to the Scheduled Tribes by the Constitution, the VHP said.
The VHP also asked that the oppression of minorities, especially Hindus, in Bangladesh and Pakistan be addressed.
"A consensus and convergence of opinions emerged in the VHP-MPs interaction," said VHP working president Alok Kumar.