New Delhi: Amid plans by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -led state governments to enact a law against alleged 'love jihad', former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday called it a shame and part of the majority's agenda. Chidambaram, a veteran Congress leader and former Union minister, said it would not survive in the courts as the law allowed marriages between different religions.
Chidambaram further said, 'The law on love jihad is a hoax. It is a part of the agenda of the majority of the country. Marriage between people of different religions is permitted under Indian law, even encouraged by some governments.' Chidambaram said, 'It will be against the constitution to propose legislation by some state governments against it.'
Many governments led by the BJP are in the process of enacting a law against Love Jihad. In this, the government of Yogi Adityanath has also announced to bring an ordinance against conversion. Sources said this is being done in view of the increasing number of alleged 'love jihad' cases in the state, where Muslim men have lured Hindu girls by hiding their religious identity. The highest number of such cases have been reported from Kanpur and Meerut.