Christians seek more representation, Admits Government census is wrong

published on February 25, 2009

Christians seek more representation

HYDERABAD: With the elections due soon, the All-India Christian Council held a meeting with representatives of political parties in the State today, demanding adequate representation of Christians in the Assembly and Parliament.

General secretary of the AICC Prabhu Kumar spoke of the need for inclusive politics, which should serve and protect the interest of Minority members. He said that though official records state the percentage of Christians in the State to be close to 9%, the actual figure is about 19% of the total population, which is a significant number that needs to be accounted for, he said.

The AICC members submitted a memorandum to this effect stating their demand for 30 Assembly seats and 3 Parliament seats for Christians from different political parties. The meeting was attended by representatives from Congress, Praja Rajyam and TRS. The Council also wanted withdrawal of GOs 746 and 747, which the conference president and legal advisor, K S Krishna Mohan Rao said were “contrary to the interests of the Christian community.” Rao also spoke about the need to confer Schedule Caste status to Dalit Christians to ensure social upheaval for the downtrodden. He further said that plans are in place to set up a legal cell to protect the rights and interests of victims of acts of religious atrocities

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