PM Modi Reaches out to Minorities at Church Event, Assures ' Complete Freedom of Faith'

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PM Modi Reaches out to Minorities at Church Event, Assures ' Complete Freedom of Faith'


New Delhi, Feb. 17 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached out to the Christian community across the country, saying his government will ensure "complete freedom of faith."

"My government will not allow any group, belonging to majority or minority, to incite hatred against other communities." Modi said at a function called by the Catholic church to celebrate the recent elevation to sainthood of two priests from Kerala.

This is the first time the Prime Minister has spoken on the recent vandalisation of Christian places of worship in Delhi, and comes closely after the BJP's drubbing in the Delhi elections.

"My government will give equal respect to all religions", Modi said in his first words of assurance to the minority community ever since the attack on churches began in December.

"My mantra is development. In simple terms, food on every table," Modi said requesting the cooperation of all communities for his government's efforts.

"It is the duty of the government, be it run by any party, to protect all faiths," the Prime Minister said.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley speaking at the function, termed the recent attacks on churches as "unacceptable aberrations. …

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