Prime Minister Modi’s ‘warm meeting’ with Pope focuses on Christian community as BJP watches Goa, Manipur and Kerala
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Pope Francis and his invitation to the pontiff to visit India gain importance amid the party that wants the voters of the Christian community to retain power in Goa and Manipur and become a force wonderful in Kerala.
According to a report by Indian express, a section of the Christian community has warned Church leaders against any attempt to approach BJP. However, church leaders, including some from the influential Roman Catholic Church, have expressed their eagerness to engage with the party leadership.
The report cites sources as saying that there has been a series of dialogues between the two sides in Kerala in recent months.
The Church welcomed the warm meeting between the Prime Minister and the Pope. Major Archbishop Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, who led the Indian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CBCI) and asked Modi to invite the Pope to India in 2014, saw it as a new opportunity for dialogue between the government and the community.
The meeting would “bring positive efforts in India for mutual trust and collaboration among people of different religious groups. It would also contribute to the need for dialogue. We are very happy that the Prime Minister paved the way for a papal visit to India, ”said Clemis. Sunday Express.
Although the BJP’s earlier attempts to woo the Christian community have not yielded much success in Kerala, the party is now trying to capitalize on the growing disenchantment of Kerala’s Christian rulers with the growing influence of Muslims in the UDF-led by Congress.
“The decline of Congress and the hostile attitude of the CPI (M) towards many factions of the community, in particular the Orthodox Church, and by sharing the benefits of minority reservations for which the CPI (M) has taken a stand explicitly pro-Muslim, have created an atmosphere conducive to BJP in Kerala, ”said R Balashankar, co-organizer, training program and publication at BJP.