Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Thursday that the government would not tolerate any discrimination on the basis of caste or religion, and directed the Delhi Police to ensure security of churches and other places of worship.
A delegation of Christian leaders, who met Mr. Singh, returned partially disappointed after he refused to meet its demand for a meeting between leaders of the Christian community and the BJP leadership. “We are disappointed that he did not agree to that. We told him that every time the BJP comes to power, there is some anxiety. Now with five attacks on churches in two months, the anxiety has increased,” A.C. Michael, former member of the National Commission for Minorities, told The Hindu. “He rejected the suggestion that the top BJP leadership should meet Christian leaders to assuage the lack of confidence.”
Rev Victor Peter, priest of the 19th century St Stephen’s church in Delhi said: “He listened to each one of us. But, we want the government to address the community. Narendra Modi has not said a word on the church attacks in Delhi,” he said.