Meghalaya CM criticises Digital India observance on Good Friday

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Shillong, April 11 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Tuesday criticised the BJP-led NDA government for observing Digital India on Good Friday.

“Is it that they selectively identifying these dates to marginalise the minorities with a complete disregard to the Constitutional obligation of ensuring personal liberty?” the Congress leader told journalists here.

Sangma said that people should be given space including government employees to engage themselves in their respective culture, or religious activities.

He said that the Central government had already communicated to the states that they wanted to have a digital India day on Good Friday, but said that the Meghalaya government will not participate.

“We will articulate our concern to the Union government particularly to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Chief Secretary (K.S. Kropha) has been asked to inform the Union Cabinet Secretary and it is also necessary for me (Chief Minister) to express my concern on behalf of the people of the state and people belonging to minority communities with special reference to sentiments of people of the Northeast which has major chunk of Christian minorities,” Sangma said.

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