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Christians to send flowers on Orissa CM's birthday

By The Rediff News Bureau
October 08, 2008 17:38 IST
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Christians all across India have decided to do a Munnabhai on Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

In the movie Lage Raho Munnabhai, the lead character played by Sanjay Dutt gets the public to send get-well flowers to the errant builder Lucky Singh, played by Boman Irani, in order to make him mend his ways.

Taking a leaf out of the blockbuster, Christians have decided to do send flowers to Patnaik whose state has been racked by anti-Christian violence for few weeks now, with the state government being little more than a mute witness.

Emails sent by various Christians exhorting everyone to join in the 'birthday celebration' are targeting October 16, Patnaik's 62nd birthday.

'Since we love those who hate us, please do not fail to send him special birthday greetings from the Christian community, especially from those who are impressed by his efforts to uphold the honour of women and enforce the rule of law in this state,' exhorts the email.

The email gives the address of the chief minister's official residence and his email id, so that the flowers and greetings can be sent both online and offline. The Orissa chief minister's phone number too has been added as a helpful gesture for those wishing to call the chief minister on his birthday.

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