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Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam Visits Church in Meghalaya

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 14:49 (IST)

Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam has met with church leaders in Shillong on Sep 30 in an attempt to attract voters from the Christian community ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls in Meghalaya, a Christian-majority state.

Kannanthanam, who is in-charge of Bharatiya Janata Party's election in Meghalaya, met Archbishop of Shillong Dominic Jala and a pastor from the Presbyterian Church on his arrival in the city.

"I have met the Archbishop, the head of the Catholic Church and also a Presbyterian pastor. We want to connect very well with all the communities to know exactly what they want from us and what we can give them in return," said Alphons, according to India Today.

The union tourism minister said that the church leaders were mainly concerned about corruption in the state and wanted to tackle it.

"Look at the state of roads here. There is no infrastructure. Government employees are not even getting salaries. Your young people have to go outside to study. So we need a corruption-free government (and) that is the most fundamental thing," he said.

He also said BJP aims to provide opportunity to young people. To prevent smart people from leaving the state because of lack of opportunities, the party will create opportunities for them, he said.