There has been lots of new buzz regarding the Bhartiya Janta Party’s new agenda. The Love Jihad Law.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has said recently that first let the Nitish Kumar led Bihar implement the Love Jihad Law only then will the Sena study and think about it.
Love Jihad is a derogatory term for interfaith marriages or more precisely Hindu girl and Muslim boy marriages. The right wing feels that this is a trap to convert Hindu girls into Muslims. The Love Jihad Law looks to but a stop to this alleged problem.
This law has become the ruling party of India’s newest agenda in making. Many BJP ruled states are already in talks about this law.
Maharashtra which is not a BJP ruled state is now being coerced into making a law of this apparent conspiracy.
“Key BJP leaders in Maharashtra are asking when a law against ‘Love Jihad’ will be framed (in the state). I spoke to the Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) in the morning,” the Rajya Sabha member said.
“On this issue, we only want to say that let the laws be formed in (BJP-ruled) Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh,” he said.
“But, when a law will be framed in Bihar, when Nitish Kumar ji will frame it, we will study that law in its entirety,” he added.
“After that we will think about it in Maharashtra,” the Shiv Sena’s chief spokesperson said
BJP ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are already seeking the law and Haryana seems to be following.
The Nitish Kumar led JDU won on 43 seats in the Bihar assembly elections. While the major share was won by the Bhartiya Janta Party. Nitish Kumar retained his name as the CM but is on a tight leash.
Sanjay Raut also said that the economic slowdown, unemployment and price rise are key issues, but “let them flag the ‘Love Jihad’ issue if they think it is more important”.
With diminishing GDP and the rise in COVID-19 cases it should be surprising that the main focus of the party is on an as yet imaginary problem. It should be surprising but it is not.