The Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council on Tuesday announced its support to the DMK-Congress alliance – a move significant for the DMK in terms of gaining support from the sizable Christian population.
In a statement given to media on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council president and Madurai archbishop Anthony Pappusamy mentioned that the council had decided to back DMK and Congress after it "realised that it is the need of the hour to safeguard secular and democratic values."
It said, "The stand is not taken because the council feels that these parties are clean but they are lesser evil."
The Madurai archbishop stated that there were expectations on Tamil Nadu Christianity's stand on assembly election and it was decided to place the demands of the Christian community to political parties and support whichever party is ready to address the demands.
The demands include a resolution in the assembly to include Dalit Christians in Scheduled Castes, government order to include people who converted into Christianity from MBC communities in their respective castes, government pay to teachers working in minority institutions appointed after 1990, revoking the property tax levied on minority institutions, safety from harassment by communal forces and immediate ban on liquor.