His Excellency Archbishop Andrews Thazhath of Thrissur, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India(CBCI) senior vice-president , has expressed anxiety and disappointments over the UP government’s move to make compulsory attendance at the state’s primary schools on 17th September,2017(Sunday) as a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations.

As reported by ucanindia.in, His Grace Archbishop Andrews remarked that “Sunday is not a simple holiday for Christians all over the country but it is a holy day, and it was obligatory for all the faithful to attend churches and participate in the Holy Mass.” Further, he added, “Such a move is against protecting the minority rights and it is against the spirit and deed of the Constitution.”

As per the media report, all 1.6 lakh government primary schools in UP would celebrate PM Modi’s birthday on September 17, and it would be mandatory for all the students to attend.