Ahmedabad: Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel kicked up a storm with his controversial statement claiming India's Constitution, laws and secularism will last only as long as Hindus are in majority in the country. Addressing an event to mark the idol installation ceremony at a temple of goddess Bharat Mata in Gandhinagar organised by Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Patel said, “Those talking about the Constitution, laws, secularism will continue to do so only as long as Hindus are in majority in this country. May God prevent this from happening, but if in another 1,000-2,000 years, the number of Hindus reduces, and (the number of) people from another religion increases, there will be no courts, Lok Sabha, Constitution, secularism…they will all vanish in thin air, nothing will remain.” He also further said that he was not talking about all the Muslims or Christians, as a large number of them are patriots. "I do not talk about all of them. Thousands and lakhs of Muslims, Christians are patriots. Thousands of Muslims are in the Indian Army, hundreds of Muslims are in Gujarat police force. They are all patriots. But (I am talking about those) who are not," he said, PTI reported. Also read: Renovated Jallianwala Bagh Smarak unveiled; PM says India can't ignore horrors of its past The Deputy CM also brought up the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021 - which seeks to cease religious conversions through interfaith marriages using allurement or force or fraudulent means. He said that an amendment was necessary due to concerns raised over "love Jihad" cases. Patel said that when the law applies equally to a Hindu boy forcibly entering into a marriage and converting a Muslim girl, then why only the Muslim organisation was troubled by the law. The Gujarat High Court had recently stayed several sections of the controversial Act till the pendency of the case. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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