In a communication, the Home Ministry told the state government to give a detailed report about the incident, whether it was a forceful or willful conversion and people and organisation which initiated the process.

The alleged forced reconversion of about 100 people to Hinduism in Agra set off a chorus of criticism against the government by the opposition inside and outside Parliament even as an FIR was filed against an RSS wing behind the incident.

The issue triggered a war of words between Opposition and treasury benches, even as the government expressed readiness for a debate and possible legislation on conversions.

The Opposition members said the issue could have grave consequences like causing riots.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan declined to suspend the Question Hour, saying she would allow Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge to speak later during the Zero Hour and if necessary allow a discussion.
Her repeated pleas failed and the opposition continued to raise the slogan 'Hindu, Muslim, Sikhs bhai bhai'.
While members belonging to NCP, AIMIM and Left parties kept protesting from the aisle, the Question Hour continued with most of the questions being taken up.

Acknowledging that it is a serious issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, "Government is ready to discuss and build a consensus on having a legislation on (religious) conversion."
Kharge said the matter should be taken up as a special case. "It is a very, very serious matter and there is threat to the unity of the country," he said.
He said religious conversions are happening and everybody is giving statements outside the House and even encouraging such things.
Countering the allegation, Naidu said, "There is no problem to safety, unity and integrity of the country... Don't politicise the issue.

Latest News from India News Desk