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CM attends Benny Hinn's meeting

January 21, 2005 19:26 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh on Friday criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party and Sangh Parivar for opposing American pastor Benny Hinn's prayer programme in Bangalore, which he attended along with some of his ministerial colleagues.

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He rubbished the BJP's claims that the state government permitted the three-day 'Festival of Blessings' by Hinn at the behest of the Congress high command and asked, "What did the Sangh Parivar do when the pastor held a similar show in Mumbai last year?"

Shiva Sena chief Bal Thackeray had attended the programme in Mumbai, Singh said.

"The Constitution has guaranteed right to all faiths to worship and practise their religion.

"I am going there as the chief minister of the state, as I have done on earlier occasions honouring invitations extended to me by several religious institutions.

"When our spiritual leaders can visit foreign countries and conduct prayers, why not leaders of other faiths be not tolerated by us?"

The CM appealed to people of the city to cooperate with the government in maintaining peace during the event.

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Sub: Benny Hinn at Bangalore

It was very sad to know that the man of God was opposed at bangalore. He has come to pray for India, as the country ...

Posted by Ravi

Sub: cm attends benny hinns prayer meeting

I thought in a secular democracy country, politicians are supposed to stay away from religious functions and activities.

Posted by Girish Wadhwa

Sub: CMs attendance @ Benny Hinn crusade

Kudos to Mr Dharam Singh for having stood his ground and having done what he considered right to do. He is a man of character. ...

Posted by cheryl hartley

Sub: CM attends Benny Hinn's meeting

Hi... Its really nice to see someone who practices democracy n secularism in this otherwise undemocratic days... Well... I feel we have to learn something ...

Posted by Bhanu Pyde

Sub: just plain minority appeasement

...& vote bank tactics. plain politicisation by both parties, the saffron brigade and the "quasi secular" parties.

Posted by rayker


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