In an abnormal incident, the Tamil Nadu Bishops Council has written a letter to the Election Commission demanding that the polling dates in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to be changed as it coincides with Maundy Thursday. Presenting this demand, the Bishop’s Council said it would not be conducive for the people of the Christian community.
ANI reported “Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council wrote earlier this week to State Election Commission seeking change in polling date in TN and Puducherry. The letter states that ‘polling date (18th April) coincides with Maundy Thursday and it would not be conducive for the people of Christian community”.
Rev. Dr. Antony Pappusamy, president, Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council wrote a letter to the Election Commission and said “If polling is on Thursday, 18th April, there are two important disturbances for the Christian people — (Firstly,) Christian teachers cannot attend religious services on that day. Secondly, since many of the polling stations are in schools and most of these schools are located on church campuses, it would be inconvenient for people to come to church and make arrangements for the religious services”.
Election is the biggest festival in India and it is the duty of all the Indians to respect and celebrate it. But ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, many political parties and religious groups are slamming the election commission for keeping the polling date on the day of certain festivals, which is really unfortunate.
Earlier Trinamool Congress leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim had said “The Election Commission is a constitutional body and we respect it. We don’t want to say anything against it. But the seven-phase election will be tough for people in Bihar, UP and WB. It will be most difficult for those observing Ramzan”.
Followed by TMC’s statement, even the Aam Aadmi Party tried to politicize the dates of election, purely to get the votes of certain community.