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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Members of Christian community who joined BJP in Chennai on Tuesday. (Express photo)
BJP gets secular boost as 300 Christians join party
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
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.