Aizawl: Opposition Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Friday accused the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of targeting Christians by deliberately organising official functions on the sacred days of the Christian faith.
A press release issued by the Media Department of the MPCC strongly criticised the central government’s decision to observe Nationwide Cleanliness Drive on October 1, which falls on a Sunday, the sacred day when pray and worship services are undertaken by a high majority of Christians across the globe.
“Union Minister of State for Development of North East Region (DoNER) B L Verma had organised a function at Vanapa Hall in Aizawl on September 17, Sunday, on the occasion of launching the PM Vishwakarma Scheme. A large number of officials could not attend church services due to the function,” the release said.
One of the most important and holy day for Christians around the world – Christmas day – was announced by Modi as ‘Good Governance Day’, the MPCC said, adding that all these show the fact that the BJP government at the centre has no respect for the religious sentiments of the minority religious communities.
“The hidden agenda of the BJP comes in the open after the saffron party rules the country for the second term,” the press release said.
The MPCC expressed support to the opposition of observance of the Nationwide Cleanliness Drive being raised by the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), conglomerate of leaders of major church denominations, and the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA).
The party reiterated its call for united front to oppose the saffron party in the coming elections to the 40-member state legislative assembly.
CM Zoramthanga’s assurance
Meanwhile, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Thursday assured the representatives of the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), conglomerate of leaders of major church denominations in the state, that the nation-wide cleanliness drive to be observed on Sunday will be deferred to Monday.
The MKHC leaders, who met Zoramthanga on Thursday morning, expressed their opposition to the proposed observance of the nation-wide cleanliness drive on October 1, which falls on Sunday, sacred day of the majority of the Christians around the globe.
“Sunday is the day we worship God in almost all the local churches by a huge majority of Christian denominations and the central government’s proposal to organise functions of that very day cannot be accepted,” the MKHC leaders said.
They appealed to the Chief Minister to defer the observance of the nation-wide cleanliness drive functions on October 2. The church leaders said that they will happily comply with the request of the state Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation (UD and PA) department by reading out the message of the cleanliness drive in all the local churches on Sunday prayer and worship services.
Zoramthanga told the church leaders that the state government agreed to their pleas and the functions on the nation-wide cleanliness drive will be deferred from Sunday to Monday.
Nagaland Baptist Church (NBC) and Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) have also expressed opposition to the observance of the cleanliness drive on Sunday.