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AAP minister attends mass conversion event in Delhi, embraces Buddhism, says ‘won’t worship Hindu gods; BJP lashes out

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister, Rajendra Pal Gautam, reportedly went to a mass conversion event where individuals swore "not to worship Hindu gods and goddesses.”

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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister, Rajendra Pal Gautam, reportedly went to a mass conversion event where individuals swore “not to worship Hindu gods and goddesses.”

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Over 10,000 people came on Wednesday to participate in the initiation to become a Buddhist on October 5. They were gathered at Ambedkar Bhavan in capital.

The AAP minister and others are seen swearing in a video from the event that went viral: “I won’t believe in Brahma, Vishnu, or Maheshwara, and I won’t worship them. I won’t believe in Rama and Krishna, who are thought to be the incarnation of God, and I won’t worship them.”

Rajendra Pal took to Twitter and wrote, “Let’s call the mission towards Buddha, Jai Bhim. Today, under the aegis of “Mission Jai Bhim” on Ashoka Vijayadashami, more than 10,000 intellectuals pledged to make India a “caste and untouchable-free” nation.

BJP hits back

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The moment the video of the event went viral on social media, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retaliated by labelling it a “breaking India” endeavour.

BJP’s Amit Malviya tweeted a video of Arvind Kejriwal’s minister Rajendra Pal carrying out the “Breaking India” programme. Make no mistake: Kejriwal is the main funder of this Hindu hate propaganda.”

“Hinduism and Buddhism are being insulted by this. Attempts to spark riots are being made by AAP ministers. The minister ought to be kicked out of the party right away. At a press conference, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said, “We’re filing a case against him.”

Following the uproar over the oath taken during the occasion, Rajendra Pal Gautam, an AAP minister, declared that the BJP was anti-national. I believe in Buddhism. Why do people have trouble with it?

Following the furor over the oath during the event, AAP’s Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said, “BJP is anti-national. I have faith in Buddhism. Why does anyone have trouble with it? Let them complain. The Constitution has given us the right to follow any religion. The BJP is afraid of AAP. They can only lodge fictitious cases against us.

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