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VHP wants special minority provisions extended to majority

Senior VHP officials told media persons on Sunday that a team of 250 VHP members had met 400 lawmakers from different political parties in the past two weeks for this purpose.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 16, 2019, 09.37 AM IST
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Vinod Bansal of VHP said during the previous Parliament session VHP members had met MPs from all political parties, including PDP, BSP, Congress and National Conference, apart from BJP.

New Delhi: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has started meeting lawmakers with a twopage document as part of a campaign, 'sansad sampark' (connecting with Parliament), urging them to support its demand to expand Articles 29 and 30 of the Constitution, which allow minority communities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice, to Hindus, too.

Senior VHP officials told media persons on Sunday that a team of 250 VHP members had met 400 lawmakers from different political parties in the past two weeks for this purpose. “Because of Article 30, minority communities in most parts of the country enjoy unparalleled autonomy over running their institutions and face no governmental interference. We want the same rights to be given to others too,” VHP general secretary Milind Parande told ET. “We feel this is the reason why the Lingayat community, the Arya Samajis and even Ramakrishna Mission have been demanding similar provisions because Hindu organisations are victims of constant state interference.”

Vinod Bansal of VHP said during the previous Parliament session VHP members had met MPs from all political parties, including PDP, BSP, Congress and National Conference, apart from BJP. “MPs have been very welcoming in their response and we have urged them to rise above party lines and think of this. If these provisions are good, why not they be extended to others too?” Legal experts have, however, condemned such a demand, saying the right to establish and administer educational institutions was given to minorities to give them confidence for historical reasons.

Nalsar Hyderabad vice-chancellor Faizan Mustafa had said in an article last year that minorities’ rights were held to be part of the basic structure of the Constitution. He had said Hindus too ran a number of minority institutions in Kashmir, Punjab and some northeastern states where they are a minority. SC advocate Mehmood Pracha said VHP’s move was aimed at 'changing the Constitution'.
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