BJP urges against ‘religious polarization’

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 12 (MExN): The Nagaland State unit of the BJP today stated it has taken notice to a recent statement by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council asking political leaders “not to compromise our religion for the sake of development and political gain.”


A press note from the Nagaland BJP media cell said that the party is not communal and stated that the secular character of the Constitution of India cannot be changed by any political party even if it enjoys absolute majority.


The BJP alleged that “religious polarization seems to be the choice strategy of some people in Nagaland during elections.” “NBCC, as such, is not being blamed,” it said, however adding that “there are some few leaders at its helm who are trying to confuse the Nagas.”


The BJP reminded that the NBCC Clean Election Campaign (CEC) Convenor had earlier “categorically stated that, as a responsible organization, the council was not in support or against any political party.” Alleging that some leaders are using the NBCC platform to openly campaign against BJP, the party asked if this was not in contravention to the NBCC Clean Election guidelines.


The BJP said that exhorting one’s followers not to vote for a particular party in an election might prove harmful and create social discord.


Stating that almost all the leaders in BJP Nagaland are Christians, the party said “our faith will never be compromised.”