Times of India reports that at his maiden press conference in Kerala after taking charge of the BJP party, Amit Shah denied that his party had anything to do with the alleged attempt in UP to convert a few Muslim families to Hinduism. He said an FIR has been filed in connection with the 'ghar wapasi' programme held in Uttar Pradesh and it was up to the courts to decide whether there was any forced conversion. Shah sought to turn the tables on the BJP's opponents who have held up proceedings in Rajya Sabha on the issue of conversions by challenging them to support the Bill to ban conversions by coercion and allurement.
The anti-conversion bill can be dangerous legislation if it is used to prevent, for example, untouchable Dalits from converting to say, Christianity or Islam. Dalits may sometimes convert to Islam or Christianity not because they necessarily believe in the religion but to try to better themselves from a life where they may be downtrodden. The anti-conversion bill legislation may have the effect of continuing and enforcing untouchability in India if applied harshly. Such laws will be used by politicians to further votebank politics and communal unrest.