LUCKNOW: With the increase in the number of Dalits converting to Islam and Christianity, VHP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end reservations granted to Dalits and OBCs who have undergone conversion.
General secretary of the Samiti Swami Jitendranand Saraswati said Dalits and OBCs were being converted into Christianity and Islam under a conspiracy, reported Times of India.
“Dalits and OBCs are being asked not to change their names and avail benefits of reservation provided to them in the Constitution. We, therefore, request that the government
should carry out a campaign and deny benefits of reservation to converted Dalits,” Saraswati said.
“Conversions are being carried out by missionaries who are working in pockets dominated by Dalits and Scheduled Tribes (STs). Missionaries are hatching a conspiracy to damage the social fabric of the country,” he said.
“Petitioning the Supreme Court and seeking reservation for Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians will deprive actual Dalits of their rights guaranteed to them in the Constitution,” Saraswati said
“The reservation was provided to lower caste Hindus to end inequality and discrimination,” added Saraswati.