No religious conversion in Goa, CM comment to please bosses: Congress

Opposition leader Michael Lobo said on Monday that there was no religious conversion in Goa, adding that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s recent comment in which the latter claimed that religious conversions were on the rise in Goa was only intended to please the bosses of the CM.

“What he did is not the right thing. There is no conversion in Goa, first of all I want to tell you one thing. He should show me that conversions happen in a particular church . I’ll come with him. Let him show me there’s a conversion going on in a particular place,” Lobo told reporters on Monday.

“He made a crazy accusation maybe to please his bosses or someone like that which is wrong. He upset the people of Goa by making such a bad statement. very, very negative. It didn’t pan out in a positive way,” the congressional leader said, adding that Sawant’s statement last Friday sent the “wrong signal” to the people of the state.

On Friday, Sawant at a reception in Bicholim in North Goa said religious conversions were on the rise in Goa, while adding that people from marginalized and economically backward sections were being targeted.

“I am not telling lies but in various parts of Goa today people are stepping up conversions. And various people are trying to take advantage of the difficult circumstances…someone is poor, someone is in the minority, someone ‘one is backward, has no food, has no job…” Sawant had said.

“I say that such religious conversions should not take place…the government will never allow conversions to take place, but I believe that the people must wake up, the temple of each village must wake up, the small temple communities must awaken,” he added.



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