"They are fringes. Fringes have been stopped, they have been given the message. The message has been conveyed in the party leadership's own style," Bedi saidon Saturday.

Asked about Modi's silence on the homecoming issue, she said: "How do you know Modiji is silent? The problem is, some things are conveyed through media, some other things are decided within the party. I think the leadership should have this right and the PM should not speak on every issue."

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"The PM is trying to solve the nation's problems seriously and he speaks very carefully about what to say publicly and who to say in the Sangh, in the party. Sangh, or sangat, is a collective. But the message is very clear, the agenda is single -- 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'," Bedi, a former police officer, said. However, Bedi also said that homecoming was not a crime.

"Neither ghar wapasi is a crime, nor conversion is a crime. Everybody in India has the right to convert from one religion to another voluntarily, but the law say, conversion through coercion is crime", she added.

"BJP says if there is any problem with conversion let there be a debate and a law be enacted. But you can't ban conversions. You've to give the right of choice,” she said.  

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Fielding questions about Muslims being wary of her, Bedi said she has not practiced discrimination in her career.

"Ask any Muslim brother, whether I practiced discrimination in any of my work. For me, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians all are same,” she said.

"Twenty one years ago, when I was filling up the All India Civil Services form, I wrote 'humanity' against the religion column. Humanity encompasses all religions. Muslims are Indians. We have made our nation as a bouquet," she added.

Asked that Muslims were wary about the BJP, Bedi said: "It's the party which has nominated me. Am I different from my party?"

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