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Congress trying to force church into Meghalaya politics: BJP

IANS  |  Shillong 

The BJP on Friday accused the ruling in of trying to force the church into electoral over visa rejection to Reverend to attend a religious function in the state's Hills region.

The visa application of the was rejected by the of in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, which has angered the Christian community in poll-bound

Elections to the 60-member Assembly will be held on February 27 and counting of votes taken up on March 3.

"The has no agenda but is only trying to force the church into by trying to mislead and misuse the church for political reasons," told journalists here.

has said that the central government refusing to grant permission to to attend the sesquicentenary celebrations of Christianity organised by the Baptist Convention in the Hills demonstrates the hidden agenda of the government against the Christians and other religious communities.

The Garo Baptist Convention is celebrating 150 years of Christianity at Rajasimla in East from February 8-11. The set foot in at Rajasimla in 1867.

However, Kohli said the BJP does not decide if a visa is given or not given to a person planning to visit

"Visa authorities follow rules set up by respective governments in every country. In India, it was the that made the visa rules because they ruled the country for 55 years and those rules have to be adhered to irrespective of any community or religion," Kohli said.

The is a worldwide alliance of Baptist churches and organisations, formed in 1905 in



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 21:10 IST