Aizawl: Amidst much controversy over the establishment of a ‘Christian Missionary Cell’ in Mizoram, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit on Wednesday clarified its stand over the development.
Speaking at a press conference in Aizawl, state BJP president JV Hluna explained that the idea of setting up the cell was to protect the Mizo Christian missionaries from being discriminated in various parts of the country. The permission was given by BJP’s Northeast zonal general secretary Ajay Jamwal, he added.
Hluna said that the churches and para-churches of the state have sent out more than 5,000 missionaries across the country at the moment.
Christian Missionary Cell chairman Lalhriatrenga Chhangte added: “A 24×7 helpline has been set up so that the missionaries in various parts of the country can request for help if ever they come across discrimination.”
Clarifying their stand on the controversy over their request seeking personal information about these missionaries, Chhangte said it was done so as to extend help to them as quickly as possible if the need arises. However, there is no pressure on them to provide their personal information/data, if they are unwilling to do so, he added.
“The Indian Constitution guarantees religious freedom to every individual. Mizo Christians have the right to practise and propagate their religion anywhere, and the missionary cell of Mizoram BJP has been set up to ensure the safety of the Mizo missionaries,” Chhangte said.
The 24×7 helpline numbers of the Christian Missionary Cell are 0389-2301792/ 8902057606/ 9437038976/ 9366454360, he added.