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Meghalaya CM hits out at Modi government for rejecting Church leader's visa

IANS  |  Shillong 

Mukul on Thursday hit out at for rejecting the visa application of chief, Reverend Paul Msiza, to attend the 150 years celebrations of Christianity in the state's Hills region.

"It is highly condemnable to reject the visa application of a global religious leader to attend the sesquicentenary celebrations of Christianity organized by the Baptist Convention.

"In the past, many religious leaders be it Pope (John Paul II) or Dalai Lama or Sri Sri have visited without any objection. We have never opposed to any of their visit since we have no hidden agenda," said, adding the step only demonstrates the hidden agenda of the BJP government against the Christians and other religious communities.

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

The BJP which is trying to unseat the ruling in Christian-dominated state, said that the issue is being "communalized".

"Why are you giving this a communal and religious angle. Countries like England and rejects visas to so many people irrespective of their religion. So does it mean these countries are anti-Christians. has to follow a standard protocol," said

Condemning the development, Hill State People's President, said: "BJP is not a secular party.... This is not the first time that the BJP government is not allowing the foreign Christian missionaries to visit We do not know why the BJP is so against the Christians communities in "

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



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 00:34 IST