May 09, 2018: Addressing media, Association president Harry D’Souza said, Karnataka Christian Social Welfare Association has urged the Central and state governments to give the community equal political representation. He said, “In the upcoming Assembly elections, the Congress party has given tickets to only two candidates from the Christian community.”
“Opportunity should have been provided to Christian candidates in Bidar and Moodbidri. But, it is not done despite frequent demands. BJP and JD(S) parties have not given a chance to even a single Christian candidate,” he said.
“Christians are subject to discrimination when it comes to government positions, even though the community is actively involved in social service and has been constantly contributing to the field of health and education,” he added.
There are 30 lakh to 35 lakh Christians in the state, speaking various languages such as Kannada, Konkani, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. But, the Minority Department, referring to 2011 census, has stated that there are 11.35 lakh Christians, he said.
A sum of Rs 850 crore should be reserved in the state budget towards the development of Christians. A Christian Development Board should be instituted, he said.