India’s governing Hindu nationalists on Wednesday criticized the archbishop of New Delhi for saying that a turbulent political atmosphere is posing a threat to the country’s democratic principles.
The president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, accused the archbishop of trying to divide people on the basis of religion.
“I personally believe that no one should say things like this, for a religious person to make such comments cannot be accepted and appreciated,” Shah said.
A top party lawmaker, Subramanian Swamy, demanded the scrapping of diplomatic ties with the Vatican because of the archbishop’s remarks.
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