Love Jihad may not have been a part of the BJP's offiicial agenda but it seems that the issue will play a big part in the upcoming byelections in Uttar Pradesh when eleven assembly and Mainpuri Lok Sabha seats will go to the polls on September 13.
Yesterday, the party appointed UP BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai, Union minister Kalraj Mishra and Aditynath to lead the campaign for the bypoll in the state.
The controversial Hindutva face of BJP in UP who is also an MP from Gorakhpur said, "The issue of 'love jihad' would certainly be an issue in this bypoll".
"I have been raising this issue for the past four to five years. The menace first began in Kerala and has now spread to Western UP, " he said, adding that the worst part is that the ruling Samajwadi party has been turning a blind eye to it.
Yogi is known for leading campaigns against illegal cow slaughter, illegal infiltration by Bangladesh immigrants and forced conversion.
The saffron party's two-day convention in Vrindavan remained mired in controversy over the issue of 'love-jihad' — allegation that Muslim youths lure Hindu girls into relationship for conversion, but the BJP has avoided making it a part of official agenda.
Yogi said that it was however a part of the overall problem of law and order that had been discussed over the two days.