Buddhist outfits demand strict action against AAP MLA amid conversion row

    15-Oct-2022   
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Buddhist organisations have accused Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam of inciting hatred between two communities and demanded strict action against him. In a letter to President Droupadi Murmu, several Buddhist organisations have asked for immediate legal action to be taken against Rajendra Pal Gautam.
 
AAP MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam  
 
According to these organisations, the event in which such an occurrence took place in Gautam's presence is not in line with Buddhism or Lord Buddha's teachings. The letter was signed by 19 Buddhist leaders, including Rajesh Lamba, National General Secretary of Dharma Sanskriti Sangam, and Secretary Dr Vishakha Sailani. Bhante Wayne P Sivali Thero, general secretary of the Mahabodhi Society of India, and joint secretary Bhante Sumihananda Thero, Bhikkhu Shanti Mitra, are also among them.
 
On October 5, Rajendra Pal Gautam was spotted at a ceremony where 10,000 Hindus were reportedly 'converted' to Buddhism. The Buddhist Society of India sponsored the controversial event in the Dr BR Ambedkar Bhavan in Jhandewalan, New Delhi. Following the controversy, Gautam resigned from his ministerial office on October 9, 2022. He served as the Minister of Social Welfare, Cooperation, SC/ST welfare, and Gurudwara elections in Delhi.
 
 
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