There seems to be a shocking trend developing under UPA rule. It seems now in every election Church is demanding seats for its nominees. In Kerala Loksabha election, Thrissur Archdiocese’s with the support of Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council (KCBC) demanded that Congress should field Vadakkan as its candidate for Trissur. Inspite of stiff resistance by a section of state Congress leadership (read Hindu) congress agreed to churches demand. Similarly for the Ernakulam Lok Sabha seat, A letter was reportedly sent by the Varappuzha Archbishop to Congress president Sonia Gandhi recommending Hibi Eden.
In fact, KCBC went a step further by issuing a pastoral letter attacking the CPI(M) and the LDF and asked “believers” not to choose candidates “who impose atheism and politics of violence” or “those who promote the interests of a party or individuals over the interests of the people and the nation”. Archbishop of the Latin Catholic Church M. Soosa Pakiam told the faithful:
“Our symbol is the Cross. The candidates who are elected should not be those who insult the Church and the Christian faith.”
In a two front state like Kerala, Its a no brainer who the oblivious choice is if we takeout LDF from equation. Churches influence in elections in North East India is a open secret.
Now in Maharashtra elections, For the first time All India Christian Council, a conglomerate of all Christian denominations has asked a congress to give poll nominations to candidates from the community, and the party has obliged. Its not surprising they approached Sonia Gandhi requesting tickets for Christians. The Congress has accepted two of the council’s nine nominees, both political lightweights. Janet D’Souza has been fielded from Ghatkopar and advocate, Gonsalves from Vasai. The move was lead by Council secretary John Dayal a member of “National Integration Council”
Abraham Mathai, general secretary of the All India Christian Council, whose initials, AICC, are coincidentally the same as those of the All India Congress Committee said
“We had written to Sonia Gandhi early this month asking for deserving representation for Christians in the party’s candidate list, and we are extremely happy,”
As Mathai rightly pointed out Christians are considered fixed deposits for the Congress. Its time to get the interest!