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Good Friday not a holiday in Gujarat

April 07, 2004 22:25 IST

Taking exception to the Gujarat government's decision to withdraw Good Friday from its list of holidays, the Christian community on Wednesday threatened to boycott the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.

A rally was organised on Tuesday by the All India Christian Council to lodge the community's protest against the government decision.

"Despite mass protests against the move that has hurt sentiments of Christians, the BJP government has not taken any action. We shall not stay back from boycotting the Lok Sabha election," AICC national executive member Samson Christia said in a statement.

He claimed the Gujarat high court has said the deletion of Good Friday from the list of government holidays was violative of the Constitution.

The AICC is now preparing to move the Supreme Court.

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Sub: Good Friday not a public holiday in Gujrat

Christians comprise only 2% of India's population. Why should 98% of those, who do not celebrate or even understand anything about Good Friday, be forced ...

Posted by Prof Rajendra Aggarwala Lt.Col.(retired)

Sub: There are just too many holidays; we just cant afford them any more.

Bharat Varsh is basically a Hindu Rashtra and excepting for Diwali and Holi there just should not be so many holidays in the name of ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: I would suggest that entire India reduce the number of holidays

In the so called "Christian coutries" like the United states of america we don't see holidays for "Good Friday". It is only a politically motivated ...

Posted by Shashi

Sub: Good Friday not a holiday! But it is a Restricted Holiday.

Why they make such hue and cry for this issue which is not a issue. Govt. just made a gazetted holiday to a resticted holiday ...

Posted by Nakul

Sub: Good Friday

Hate is shining, communalism is shining. If that is what India is all about then India is shining as well.

Posted by Reuven


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