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Arunachal Catholic body withdraws appeal to vote for Congress

“The church issues prayer petitions whenever there is a necessity and when someone is starting a noble work,” Pekhi said.

 
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Guwahati: 

The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association has withdrawn its prayer petition appealing to the Catholics to pray and vote for Congress candidate from Arunachal West constituency and former chief minister Nabam Tuki.

The prayer petition came after the appeal went viral in social media and caught the Election Commission’s attention, which asked the association to withdraw its appeal and issue an apology, the Times of India reported.

The prayer petition signed by the secretary general of the association, Pekhi Nabum, also caught the attention of Tuki’s opponent, Kiren Rijiju of BJP. Rijiju posted about it on Facebook.

“This is not proper. We all are children of the God who never discriminates. Democracy is system in which the government is elected by the people. I’ve always served the people with full sincerity. I help all the believers and religious organizations. If anyone has doubt, please contact most Reverend Bishop P. K. George to know about my contributions. Please pray for me and everyone,” he posted.

Pekhi said after the prayer petition “went viral, we realized that we have made an error, but there was no intention to hurt the sentiments of the people and parties and candidates. We regret it.” Pekhi added.

“The church issues prayer petitions whenever there is a necessity and when someone is starting a noble work,” he said.

When asked why the association only appealed for Tuki and not any other Catholic candidate, he said: “We are praying for every candidate. Tuki is a pillar of the Catholic church in Arunachal Pradesh.”

In his reply to the show cause notice of chief electoral officer of Arunachal Pradesh Pekhi said that the “prayer petition, which went viral on social media, was not the intention of campaigning in favour of Shri Nabam Tuki but to pray for peaceful conduct of elections.”

Source: Times of India


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