INDIA – Catholic’s resignation ‘could spark exodus from communist party’
“They needed the votes of religious minority communities to come to power and after that, they wanted to do away with religion,”
01/14/2010 India (UCAN)-A Catholic leader’s resignation from a communist party could trigger an exodus of Christians, a Church leader has predicted.
Former parliamentarian Kurisinkal Sebastian Manoj quit the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in protest over a ban on members taking part in religious activities.
Manoj, 45, told UCA News he left as he could not do justice to the party and his religion.
“As a party member, I should practice what the party insists. I decided to practice my religion. I am a Catholic and have a strong belief in my religion,” said Manoj, a former president of the Kerala Catholic Youth Movement who is a doctor in New Delhi .
“They needed the votes of religious minority communities to come to power and after that, they wanted to do away with religion,” Father Thelakat told UCA News.