Bhopal, December 28, 2011: Christmas celebrations in Madhya Pradesh is continuing with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan organizing a grant Christmas function at his official residence and Governor joining at Archbishop House in Kohe-E- Fiza, Bhopal. While delivering message to the important Christian leaders gathered at the Archbishop House, Governor Ram Naresh Yadav said, “message of Lord Jesus Christ is very important for today. His message of brotherhood has stood the test of the times. He repeated his commitment to work for peace oriented development of the State. He also praised the services of the Christian community to the Development of the Nation.”
While addressing over thousand invitees the Chief Minister exchanged Christmas greetings, he said, “ Lord Jesus has given the message of compassion and love, the State Governemnt programmes like Child Heart Operation Scheme, save girl child movement etc. are inspired by Lord Jesus. He said that serving the deprived, giving due respect to downtrodden and working to save girl child are priority of the Government. He said that I pray to Jesus to help me to progress this state.”
Archbishop Dr. Leo Cornelio also addressed the gathering, he said, “Christmas is a festival of celebrating God’s Love. Referring to allegations of forced religious conversion he also said that we are working for change of heart not change of religion.”
The celebration was marked with colorful cultural programme including, Carol Singing, dance, skit on the life of Christ and preaching of the word of God by pastors. The main coordinator of the programmes Fr. Anand Muttungal said, “ Isai Mahasang took a lead in organizing the programme along with the Chief Minister. We had representatives from all districts. The programme ended with sumptuous meals and C M meeting people very freely” On behalf of the Chief Minster, Isai Mahasangh general secretary Jerry Paul welcomed every one for the programme.
The Chief Minister’s residence was decorated with traditional Christmas symbols of Christmas tree, star, Crib etc. the programme started with a detailed reading from the Gospel of St. Mathew. The entire campus was lit up illumining lights. The mystery of life of Jesus was also seen on the backdrops. It made the invitees feel that they are entering into the mood of Christmas.
The programme was attended many religious nuns, priests, head of the Sikh Community Gyani Dileep Singh, Muslim community leader Quazi Amanulla Khan, Mahant Chandramas Tyagi, Bhudist Monk Bande Sagar , many political leaders including Prabhat Jha, the State President of ruling party,BJP, Government officials, ministers too