Christians in twin Telugu states have demanded laws to check increasing attacks on the community. Leaders of the Federation of Telugu Churches (FTC), an apex body of the mainline Churches in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, made this demand in a memorandum submitted to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The Andhra Pradesh government on November 17 organized an interaction between Naidu and Church representatives at Praja Vedika, the chief minister’s residence, an FTC press release said on November 20.

As reported by, The Church leaders, led by FTC president His Grace Bishop F. Paradeshi Babu, applauded Naidu’s commitment in championing the cause of secularism, democracy, and for protecting the rights of religious minorities especially Christians. They also thanked him for various welfare and development projects Naidu implemented through the A.P. State Christian (Minority) Finance Corporation and other government agencies.

The Christian leaders pointed out that their minority community contributes more than 25 percent charitable services to society. The memorandum also pleaded for distribution of land and construction of houses for Dalit Christians. It urged the government to resume the grant-in-aid to the Church-run educational Institutions and fill-up the vacant aided teachers’ posts.