Nagaland Baptist Church Council has asked voters to be cautious about the political parties with communal agendas. NBCC general secretary Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho has advised the electorate of the state to be wary of any political party with communal agendas.
“It would be unfortunate for the church and the people to be voting for a party with communal agendas,” Rev Keyho said while addressing a press conference on the first day of the three-day 21st NBCC triennial conference at Impur in Mokokchung district on Friday.
He also asserted the NBCC as an organisation will stand against any party toeing the communal line or suppressing the rights of other fellow-beings in a secular country like India.
Speaking on Clean Election Campaign (CEC) initiated by NBCC, Rev Keyho said it is a moral movement to revive ‘Christian values and principles’ in the democratic process of the State while clarifying that the church is not playing politics through the CEC.
Maintaining that the church wants to awaken the conscience of the Naga people and to help them see election as a moral and spiritual issue to help eradicate corruption.
”Clean election campaign is a continuous movement and will continue even after the election process is over,” he added.
NBCC president Rev Dr Mar Atsongchanger said if Nagas as ‘true Christians’ choose to follow the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ, then clean election is an easy task if truly observed from the Christian perspective. Rev Atsongchanger is also the convenor of the CEC.
Stating that the NBCC, as a responsible organisation, is not in support or against any political party, he said the clean election campaign is aimed at paving way for good leadership and good governance.
“Election is within the power of the Indian Constitution whereas clean election campaign was a spiritual movement to cleanse our land of the malpractices in electioneering process, so our motives are different and shouldn’t be confused,” Rev Atsongchanger added.