India: Catholics say BJP doctored letter to garner votes ahead of Karnataka elections

By Anto Akkara | World Watch Monitor

The Catholic Church in India has deplored a “fake” letter widely circulated in social and mainstream media alleging a Catholic conspiracy ahead of tomorrow’s elections in southern Karnataka state.

“This is totally unacceptable. This is a blatant attempt to spread lies,” Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), told World Watch Monitor today (11 May).

In press release earlier this week, the bishop said “the circulation of this letter just before the Karnataka elections is a disgraceful and mischievous ploy”.