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Sangliana Appointed Vice-Chairman Of National Commission For Minorities

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BANGALORE, DEC. 18 (SAR NEWS):  Former Karnataka Director General of Police and Member of Parliament from Bangalore North Constituency, H.T. Sangliana, has been appointed vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities.

The post equivalent to the rank of a minister of state will have a tenure of three years. The notification of his appointment was published by the Government of India in an extraordinary gazette December 14.

Sangliana has vowed to raise issues concerning Christians’ welfare and the communal attacks on churches and places of worship.

The minorities’ commission, headed by chairperson Mohammed Shafi Qureshi, comprises three members apart from a vice-chairman. It has powers to look into constitutional, legal and civil rights enforcement issues.

A Mizoram-born Christian, Sangliana was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party as a Member of Parliament after he voted in favour of the a nuclear deal between India and the United States during a trust vote against the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre. He had once even vowed to make the BJP a ‘Bharatiya Jesus Party’, raising the hackles of many a religious bigot.

Sangliana is responsible for the arrest of Abdul Karim Lala Telgi, the prime accused in a multi-million stamp paper racket that rocked the country.

He was defeated in the Lok Sabha elections held in April 2009 when he contested from Bangalore Central constituency on a Congress party ticket.


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