''Do not mind strong feelings'': Archbishop of Delhi to PM

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New Delhi, Jan 1 (UNI) Archbishop of Delhi Vincent M Concessao has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take in the ''right spirit and do not mind'' strong feelings expressed by some members of a delegation during a meeting with him about recent attacks on Christians in Orissa.

''I hope you did not mind that one or the other member of the delegation, frustrated as they were seeing the condition of Christians, expressed rather strongly that they were not too happy with the way the Christians were taken for granted by the Congress to which they have always had their allegiance to,'' he said in a letter to the Prime Minister yesterday.

''They did express that since the Christians do not make for a good vote bank, their demands or concerns such as the Dalit Christian issue are not the priority of the Government.

''I am sure you have taken it in the right spirit and as coming from people, who are peace loving and law abiding citizens,'' he said in the letter issued by Delhi Catholic Archdiocese spokesperson Fr Dominic Emmanuel SVD.

He thanked Dr Singh for lending a ''sympathetic ear'' to the problems highlighted by the delegation, led by Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, at the meeting on December 30.

The Archbishop also expressed the hope that the Prime Minister would fulfill all his promises and also look into the long-standing demand of granting the status of Dalits to dalit Christians.


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