Cast votes to those who protect minority rights: Church

The Catholic church in Kerala has asked the people to support parties committed to protect 'secularism and minority rights'.

Written by Agencies | Kochi | Published:March 29, 2009 2:31 pm

The Catholic church in Kerala on Sunday asked the people to cast their votes ‘judiciously’ and support only those parties committed to protect ‘secularism and minority rights’.

In a pastoral letter,which was read out in all the Churches in the state on Sunday,the head of the three Catholic rites – Syro Malabar church Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil,Verapoly Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil and Malankara church head Baselios Cleemis Catholicose – said the faithful should cast their votes judiciously in the April 16 elections to ensure that a secular government comes to power at the Centre.

The church said that certain parties and ideologies were threatening the very constitutional rights of individuals and communities.

“There are certain tendencies in certain Northern districts of Kerala,threatening the democratic framework of our life. Voters must be vigilant about these unconstitutional and undemocratic tendencies,” the letter said.

The people are also asked to uphold parties and candidates who protect the rights of minorities,Dalits,tribals and backward communities.

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