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‘Akbar is Satyam’: How One Man ‘Re-Converted’ 1,650 in 4 ‘Ghar Wapsis’ as BJP Won Chhattisgarh | Exclusive

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Prabal Pratap Singh Judev washes a man’s feet to welcome him back to Hinduism in Chhattisgarh. (News18)

BJP’s Chhattisgarh state secretary Prabal Pratap Singh Judev is also the head of the Akhil Bharatiya Ghar Wapsi drive and claims to have reconverted 17,000 people so far across different parts of India

It was mid-afternoon on December 3, 2023, when it became clear that the BJP had ousted the Bhupesh Baghel government in Chhattisgarh. It took another week for the party to announce its CM-designate Vishnu Deo Sai. While the state was rejoicing over the anointment of its first tribal chief minister, a silent celebration was underway that paved the way for mass ‘Ghar Wapsi’ or re-conversion events across the state.

Ever since the BJP came to power, there have been at least four such ‘Ghar Wapsi’ events across Chhattisgarh, including the latest in the heart of capital Raipur. Nearly 2,000 were re-converted to Hinduism, courtesy one man who is spearheading the effort — BJP’s Chhattisgarh state secretary Prabal Pratap Singh Judev. However, before BJP’s designation, comes another title — Judev is the head of the Akhil Bharatiya Ghar Wapsi drive and claims to have reconverted 17,000 people so far across different parts of India.

What’s even more interesting is that all these mass events of reconversions took place around red letter days — Christmas, New Year’s Eve last year and Republic Day this year.

When Md Akbar became Satyam

Md Akbar hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur. On January 27 this year, he was among 1,000 people who were converted back to Hinduism. This mass ‘Ghar Wapsi’ was planned by Judev on the third day of Hanumanth Katha, which was organised by Madhya Pradesh-based Bageshwar Dham. The Dham’s chief Pandit Dheerendra Shastri was personally present at the event, addressing a packed house and promising a ‘Hindu Rashtra’.

In the mega event, a total of 1,000 people from 251 families were welcomed back to the ‘Sanatan’ fold by the BJP secretary who washed their feet.

“This is a tradition that my father Kumar Dilip Singh Judev started 30 years ago. While normally reconversions include a cleansing process, he started washing people’s feet to stress that despite being from the royal family, if he could wash a tribal man’s feet to welcome him back to Hinduism, he too would go back to his roots,” Judev told News18.

3 more ‘Ghar Wapsis’ last December

Ever since BJP came to power in Chhattisgarh, there have been three ‘Ghar Wapsi’ events in the state, though not of the same scale as the January 27 gathering.

One event took place on December 24 at Kotgora town in Korba district, while another was held the very next day. On Christmas, a reconversion event was organised at Kilkila village that falls under Lailunga Tehsil and Raigarh district. The third event took place a day before New Year’s Eve — on December 30 — at Ambikapur, which falls under the Surguja district and is 336 kilometres away from Raipur.

Anil Singh, who works closely with Judev and is the coordinator of the Akhil Bharatiya Ghar Wapsi drive, told News18 that 101 families were reconverted in Katgora while 28 families were brought back to the Hindu fold in Ambikapur. The event at Kilkila village saw only eight families return. “On an average, more than 650 individuals were reconverted in those three events,” said Singh.

Ghar Wapsi to pick pace

In the coming days, Ghar Wapsi activities will pick pace further, said Judev. “It’s not necessary that all events will be as big as the one in Raipur. Scales will vary. But such events will continue to take place,” he said.

Judev reasons that this is because the ‘wrong’ of the last five years will have to be ‘corrected’. “In the Baghel regime, conversion was rampant. Particularly during the pandemic, the poor and needy were coerced into conversion. No action was taken by the government. Historically, Congress governments never opposed conversions. Now, many such events will be coming up in the weeks and months ahead to bring back those who left the Sanatan fold and want to come back desperately,” he added.



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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