Church group asks people to vote for secular parties

February 27th, 2009 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India (CBCI), a prominent church group in the country, Friday asked the people to vote for secular parties and candidates in the upcoming general elections.
“Be true to the letter and spirit of the preamble and the provisions of the constitution of India without any sectarian or party persuasion,” a CBCI release here said.

“The electorate should select and promote candidates without any criminal record or background and having the genuine concern for the youth, women and particularly for the poor and marginalised at heart,” CBCI secretary general Stanislaus Fernandez said.

The group also urged the parties not to discriminate against Christians of Scheduled Castes origin who demand equal rights and reservations as provided to others of their community.

The release also criticised the government for is delayed action against the groups involved in communal violence.

“Delay on the part of the state to act on time and deal firmly with individuals and organisations responsible for hate campaigns, mob violence, organised attack and destruction of precious human life and property has often been disheartening and disappointing,” the release said.

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