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India: prelate, opposition criticize Holy Thursday elections

March 11, 2014

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão of Goa and Damão has joined opposition politicians in criticizing a state government decision to hold elections on Holy Thursday, according to the Fides news agency.

One opposition leader suggested that the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) “fraudulently manipulated the Election Commission to hold elections on a day on which most Catholics would find it difficult to be at the polling booths,” The Times of India reported.


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