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Nagaland: Influential church body, NBCC asks voters to choose between `Trishul’ and `Cross’

Dimpaur, Feb 17 (UNI) In run up to assembly polls in Christian dominated Nagaland, the influential church body, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), has asked its believers not to surrender Christian principles and faith for the sake of money, development into the hands of those who seek to “pierce the heart of jesus”.
In a strongly worded letter addressed to all political parties in the state, NBCC has asked its followers to choose between `Trishul’ and `Cross’.
The letter stated that India had experienced its “worst persecution of minority communities” in 2015-2017 under the BJP government.
“We cannot deny that the Hindutva movement in the country has become unprecedentedly strong and invasive in the last few years with BJP, the political wing of RSS, in power,” the NBCC general secretary observed in the letter. “God must be weeping when Naga politicians are running after those who seek to destroy Christianity in India,” he added.
Strongly opposing what it called the “invasion” of Hindutva forces in Nagaland, Rev Keyho said that the party in power at the Centre is fighting tooth-and-nail to assert its presence in Nagaland, a Christian-majority state.
Elections in Nagaland are usually fought on tribal issues, given that most of the candidates are mostly Christian. It is in this respect that this letter is viewed as unprecedented for its openly political-religious tones.
The state elections in Nagaland will be held on February 27, 2018, to elect 60 representatives. Counting of votes will take place on March 3, 2018.
UNI ABI KK
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