Religion & politics should never mix: Rijiju

Religion & politics should never mix: Rijiju
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju speaking at an election rally in 30 Alongtaki A/C on February 21.

 

Dimapur, February 21 (MExN): Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju today reiterated that religion should never surface during election time and that religion and politics should never be mixed.

 

“Religion is above everything. Christianity is serving the humanity…All are children of God and all are equal,” he maintained while addressing an election rally of BJP candidate of 30 Alongtaki A/C, Temjen Imna Along at Longto in Mokokchung district on February 21.

 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit of Nagaland organised two election rallies at Alongtanki and Longleng assembly constituencies today, which were addressed by the Union Minister of State.

 

At Longto, Rijiju further stated that politics is a daily democratic affair and therefore, even if one supports a certain political party, they should not condemn another political party.

 

A press release from BJP Nagaland Media Cell further informed that the Union Minister appealed to the Alongtaki A/C people to once again elect a BJP candidate if they want acceleration of development in their constituency.

 

Modi will announce what he can offer to the Eastern Nagas

Meanwhile, Rijiju in his address at a BJP rally in Tizit on February 20 claimed that with the popularity of BJP growing everyday in the state, some people are spreading false rumours and trying to create confusion, the press release informed.

 

“Mixing religion with politics is a sin. Who are these people misguiding the people?” it quoted the Minister as asking.

 

Every day, he maintained, the BJP is becoming more popular and in the last four years of BJP rule in the country, there has not been a single case of corruption against the BJP ministers or leaders.

 

Rijiju also alleged that in the last 60 years of Congress rule, the party had not brought any significant development in the country and therefore had nothing to boast of its achievements but only criticize the BJP, the release said.

 

The minister further reiterated that the BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has special concern for the Nagas.

 

When election was declared for the state of Nagaland, every political party wanted to have an alliance with the BJP, Rijiju said, according the press release. “If the BJP was really hungry for power, then it would have contested all 60 seats on its own. However taking into consideration the future and aspirations of the Naga people, the BJP decided to have an alliance with a regional party,” it was informed.

 

He further said the party leadership took a decision that Nagaland being a “sensitive state” and its problem “unique” and with the ongoing political negotiations, there is a need for a regional political party led by a tall and senior leader when the framework agreement is signed for the greater interest of Nagas.

 

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Tuensang on February 22, Rijiju said Modi chose to come to ENPO area as the Eastern Nagas were “facing the most hardships.”

 

He said Modi himself will announce what he can offer to the Eastern Naga people.