Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan on Monday weighed-in on the ongoing controversy pertaining to ‘love jihad’ and stated, “Love is very personal and love and jihad don’t go hand-in-hand.”
The 30-year-old MP from Basirhat added that such topics were dug up ahead of the elections and said, love “is a personal choice who you want to be with. Be in love & start falling in love with each other. Don’t make religion a political tool.”
The BJP has recently doubled down on what it claims to be a rising number of love jihad cases, with BJP-run states planning to enact laws prohibiting conversions for the purpose of marriage.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad has also pressed for asking for stringent restrictions to curb ‘love jihad’.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra had also been vocal on the matter, saying the state government is making preparations and will soon bring a law to counter the problem of ‘love jihad’.
Likewise, Uttar Pradesh BJP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had in October doubled down on the issue of ‘love jihad,’ giving a stark warning to people concealing their identity before marriage, stating that for such people, their “Ram naam satya” – a Hindu funeral chant, journey will begin.
Haryana Chief Minister ManoharLal Khattar also shared the same views and said that his government is also considering legal provisions against ‘love jihad’ to ensure “the guilty cannot escape.”
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij had also tweeted that the BJP government in Haryana was mulling for “a law against love jihad.”
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has hit back at the BJP calling the issue it’s latest attempt to divert attention from more pressing issues.