Lok Sabha MP from Tura in Meghalaya and key ally of the BJP in the northeast, Conrad Sangma, has written a letter asking Prime Minister to defer the central government’s plan to observe April 14 as Digital India Day, as it falls on Good Friday.
“I have come to learn that Digital India Day, of this year, 2017, falls on Good Friday which is 14th of April 2017. I express my best wishes to the celebration of Digital India Day, but with my deepest sincere concern for the Christian communities of India who strongly believe that Good Friday is a holy auspicious moment, I humbly suggest you to kindly defer the Digital India Day, so that the secular fabric of India remains honoured, both in writing and spirit,” Sangma wrote in the letter.
With its four MLAs, Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP) has played a crucial role in the BJP forming its first ever government in Manipur. NPP has two MLAs in Meghalaya.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya government, led by Congress leader Mukul Sangma, has already decided that it will not observe Digital India day on Good Friday.
Earlier, the Centre had declared Christmas as Good Governance Day. The move had drawn criticism from various corners including the Supreme Court judges.