New Delhi, May 22: Reacting to the Delhi Archbishop’s ‘pray for nation’ letter to the Christians, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday said that no one should say such things when it comes to religion, a news agency ANI reported. The controversy started after Archbishop of Delhi Archdiocese, Anil Joseph Couto, through a letter called upon the churches of the capital to start a year-long prayer campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections.Also Read - Kerala Rains: Death Toll Rises to 23; PM Modi Discusses Situation With CM Vijayan | 10 Points
Archbishop Anil Couto had released a circular to the Delhi churches on May 08th, urging the Christian community to hold prayers and observe a fast on Fridays for the nation’s sake. However, Secretary to Archbishop of Delhi, Father Robinson later clarified that the letter is just an invitation for prayers and is not against the government or the Prime Minister. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Two Non-Local Labourers Killed as Terrorists Open Fire in Kulgam
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Speaking to ANI, he said, “The Archbishop’s letter is not political, neither it is against the government or against the honourable Prime Minister. Misinformation should not be spread. It is just an invitation for prayers, and such letters have been written in the past too.”
The letter also had one prayer attached to the circular which read: “May the ethos of true democracy envelop our elections with dignity and the flames of honest patriotism enkindle our political leaders. This is our cry, Heavenly Father, in these troubled times as we see the clouds eclipsing the light of truth, justice, and freedom.”
Reacting to the letter sent out by the Archbishop, Union Minister Rajnath Singh had said that India is one of those countries where minorities are safe and no one is allowed to discriminate on the basis of caste and religion.