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It's vote bank politics, says Ananthamurthy

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BANGALORE, JAN. 16. The consternation over the Government's patronage of the U.S.-based evangelist Benny Hinn's "Pray for India" appears to spreading, as litterateur U.R. Ananthamurthy today expressed alarm over the fact that the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, is slated to attend the programme beginning on January 21.

In a statement, Dr. Ananthamurthy took the Chief Minister to task for turning what was a mere exercise at conversion to Christianity into an opportunity to play vote bank politics.

He urged Mr. Singh to take the same stand on the programme as he had on the matter of Datta Jayanti celebrations in Bababudangiri hills in Chikmagalur. "There are two faces to vote bank politics in this country, if there is the Hindu vote bank politics on the one hand, there's the minority vote bank on the other," he said. The casualty in either case is secularism and communal harmony.

Both Hindu and Christian tenets have many lofty and liberal aspects with universal appeal. The gimmicks of performing miracles and trying to create followers are unbecoming of the Chief Minister, he said.

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