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Christians Complain Over Proselytizing Charge

False accusations inflame resentment ahead of forthcoming election
06/17/2011 India (UCA News)-A Christian delegation in Madhya Pradesh yesterday registered a complaint against a pro-Hindu ruling party leader for allegations of proselytizing made ahead of a bypoll in Damoh district.

The delegation filed the complaint with the Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer P. C. Meena , charging Prabhat Jha, head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People’s Party), with making false accusations against Christians to inflame resentment ahead of the forthcoming election on June 25.

John Antony, a member of the delegation and a public relations officer in Madhya Pradesh, said the election officer assured the Christians that he would look into the situation.

The complaint follows remarks made by Jha to reporters in Sagar on June 13, in which he urged a government probe of alleged “large-scale conversions” of tribal members by Christian missionaries in Jabera.

Tanava Solomon, the Congress Party candidate from Jabera and daughter of the deceased former minister Ratnesh Solomon, is a Christian.

Roy John Thatta, state treasurer for the Madhya Pradesh Isai Mahasangh, said yesterday’s complaint was the first of its kind by Christians.

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