They told media that there were political discussions with the Prime Minister.

BJP to woo Christians in Kerala Church representatives meet Modi
news Kozhikode BJP Meet Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:21

As a few Christian leaders met PM Narendra Modi in Kozhikode on Saturday night at the BJP national council meet, there were murmurs that the meeting had political ramifications.

Kozhikode Arch Diocese bishop Varghese Chakkalakkal, Thamarassery diocese chancellor Abraham Kavilpuredam and a few other church representatives met PM at a guesthouse in the district.

The Catholic Church representatives reportedly discussed inflation in rubber prices, Kastoorirangan issue, problems faced by coastal area residents and stray dog menace in Kerala.

They told media that there were political discussions with the Prime Minister.

Earlier in the council meet, there were talks about extending the party support to Christian communities too. So, some of the reports assumed that this visit would have political implications in the future.

The council had reportedly discussed getting Christian vote share. The BJP had earlier tried to ally with the KM Mani led Kerala Congress (M).

In the meeting, the party leaders raised the necessity to woo Christian voters to establish a BJP stronghold in Kerala.

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj heading the delegation to the Vatican for the canonisation of Mother Teresa, was also part of BJP’s efforts to gain the Church’s trust.

 

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