Itanagar, April 8, 2019
Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) on April 7th, 2019 withdrew its ‘prayer petition’ it had issued urging the Catholics in the State to vote for a particular candidate.
APCA has also tendered an apology to the State Chief Electoral Officer and the public over the controversy stating that “intention was not to campaign for any specific candidate but to pray for the peaceful conduct of election”.
As alleged by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, the Catholic body has been asking people in Arunachal Pradesh to vote for Congress candidate and former chief minister Nabam Tuki.
Tuki is contesting from the Arunachal West parliamentary seat against Rijiju, who was elected from this seat in 2014.
The CEO, while referring to the section 123 (3) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, stated that appealing for votes in the name of religion falls under corrupt practices.