Bhopal, Dec 21: Former Union minister and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia demanded here today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should make a statement in Parliament about his government’s stand on the issue of religious conversions by some organisations. ”He (Modi) is not merely the Prime Minister of a particular political party but the entire nation and every section of the society. Therefore, he must give a statement in Parliament on the issue of religious conversions to clarify his government’s stand on such a sensitive matter,” Scindia told PTI.
The Congress leader was here to dedicate a road near Bhopal Airport named after his father and former Union minister, the late Madhavrao Scindia. Answering a question, he said that an attempt is being made in this country to polarise society and the same is reflected in statements by BJP ministers, MPs and MLAs on sensitive issues. ”It is reflected in the way ministers, MPs and MLAs give statements to damage the country’s secular credentials with an aim to polarise the country,” he said.
“I can’t even think of using such a language that these leaders openly do,” Scindia remarked. The Opposition has stalled the Rajya Sabha on the issue of religious conversions demanding a statement from the Prime Minister, after reports of alleged attempts to convert people surfaced from Agra. Referring to lowering of petrol and diesel prices in the country, he said that there is a decline of nearly 45 per cent in global crude oil prices, but the same has not been passed on to consumers.
He said that Congress workers in Madhya Pradesh have to work hard from “top to bottom and from bottom to top” at all levels, to fight the BJP. When asked about the issue of lack of unity among top Congress leaders in the state, Scindia said that it is not an issue, since all of them including himself and Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav have been toiling for the party in the state. Commenting on reports about a medical college being shifted from Shivpuri, which is part of his constituency Guna, and the Madhya Pradesh Health Minister’s stand that Shivpuri’s name was not mentioned when the Centre sanctioned medical colleges in different cities of the state, Scindia strongly criticised the BJP-led state government on the issue.
He said that he had already met Union Health Minister J P Nadda and would also raise the issue with the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Scindia said that records clearly stated that Shivpuri’s name was mentioned in the list of medical colleges allocated to Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, addressing a function after dedicating the road named after his father, Scindia called him as a “visionary,” and said that people talk about bullet trains, but his father dreamt of it as early as 1984-85 when he was made Railway Minister by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
“The first high-speed Shatabdi train was introduced between New Delhi and Bhopal at that time, purely because of his (Madhavrao Scindia’s) vision,” he said. Later, Scindia, along with former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri and Arun Yadav, dedicated another road named after former deputy chief minister, late Subhash Yadav in the New Market area. Arun Yadav is the son of Subhash Yadav. Just ahead of the local body elections in Bhopal, two roads were named in the city after two senior Congress leaders.