The Congress is planning to hold a ‘Masihi Adhikar Samelans’ (MAS) in Punjab to consolidate Christian vote bank, ahead of the Assembly elections in 2017.
Earlier, the Congress had nominated five Christians as general secretaries in Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC).
“MAS will be planned in Gurdaspur and Ajnala in the months of July and August, and later on in other parts of Punjab in order to consolidate the Christian community, and also to make their presence felt in all the parts of the state,” said Congress leader Kanwal Bakshi, who is also former member of Punjab subordinate services selection board.
He had earlier met with Congress Christian community leaders Roshan Joseph Gen, Dr Emmanuel Nahar, Tarsem Sahota and senior congress leaders Salamat Masih and Kamal Khokhar on Saturday in Gurdaspur.
“We have decided to make MAS a massive outreach program at ground level as guided by Anil Thomas vice Chairman All India Congress Committee minority department across the state,” said Kanwal Bakshi.
“We have appealed to the community not to succumb to any sort of pressure and keep consolidating the community for larger interest. We will work to bring all Christian leaders of Punjab on one platform. This will benefit the socio-political status of poor and suppressed Christian community of Punjab, which is the state’s largest minority community.”
He said that Congress leadership at centre has understood the importance of Christian Vote bank of Punjab and this is why they have first time appointed five general secretaries from community in PPCC.
“Party should think to nominate the able persons to participate in the electoral process also at various levels now. Such a move can strengthen the Party’s confidence in Christian voters through out the state as Christians had been Cadre voters of Congress,” Said Bakshi.