There have always been some self-proclaimed prophets who announce that they have received God's message that a particular party would come to power in the coming polls.
The late Pastor Chhawna of the Presbyterian Church was the most popular political prophet and his prophecies, published in a book form, was interpreted in different ways by the so-called prophets and commentators owing allegiance to different parties. Besides denouncing such poll prophets, the largest and most powerful church denomination in the state, also appealed to the voters to be wary of those candidates who try to buy their votes. Such candidates should be rebuffed as they are bad politicians, it added.
"The candidates should be carefully scanned by the voters. If any of these candidates are living beyond their means and have movable and immovable assets beyond their known sources of income, the voters should know that such politicians are greedy and dishonest and are unfit to represent the people," the message said.
The church also asked the people to snub politicians and political parties indulging in suppressing the freedom and rights of the public through intimidation, threats and also using character assassination to target their political opponents. "Enrolment of minors in the voters' lists, casting of more than one votes by a voter, impersonation in the polling booths and rigging are not only crime but sin, which believers of Christ should never commit," the message said.
The church also appealed to the people not to be partial towards