Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A function at the Bharatiya Janata Party  (BJP)  State headquarters on Tuesday evening turned out to be a event of pride for the party. Around 300 Christians, led by four pastors and a local leader joined the party. They exuded confidence that Narendra Modi would become Prime Minister after the coming Lok Sabha polls and said they would pray for the Gujarat Chief Minister’s success.
Arumainayagam, one of the pastors who joined the BJP on Tuesday recited verses from the Bible’s Book of Psalms in Tamil and blessed the party and its leadership, and followed it up by quoting the first verse of the Thirukkural. He also dubbed both Modi and party State president Pon Radhakrishnan as ‘devanin dasan’, or servant of God.
“Christianity and christians are in need of protection for their way of life and religious practice. We are going to be praying for Modi to become Prime Minister and appeal to him to ensure protection for churches, schools, colleges, missionaries and pastors,” said Arumainayagam.
Radhakrishnan and state secretary Vanathi Srinivasan were presented with copies of the Tamil Bible by MJ Clarence, a construction promoter, under whose initiative the function was organised.
Clarence defended his joining the BJP saying Indians had for long been divided by the lines of caste, religion and language, when they were all children of Mother India first. He added that many other Christian groups and parishes wanted to join the BJP.

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