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Saturday, 17 April 2021 5.59 AM IST

Christian votes might be credited in BJP’s account this time due to two factors, one is Prime Minister and the other is….?

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the declaration of assembly polls, UDF, LDF and BJP are gearing up to capture the Christian votes. BJP which made moves to resolve the conflicts between Church factions, has made inroads among the Christian factions in the state much before LDF and UDF. The party’s efforts to influence the Christian factions in the state has attained new heights with the intervention of the Prime Minister.

Even at the national level, BJP leaders have maintained good relations and amicable ties with religious leaders of Christian factions in other states. In Gujarat, where the BJP is being criticised for being anti-minority, many Christain religious groups in the state have come closer to BJP leadership. Whereas in Kerala, apart from the church issues, the party is getting closer to the Christian community by raising emotional issues concerned with them.

Love jihad is one such issue being raised by the party. The Sangh Parivar organisations have gone much ahead compared to their counterparts in highlighting this issue. Many Christian leaders in the state consider love jihad as a threat to their community. Videos in this regard are being widely circulated on Whatsapp and other social media platforms. The Christain devotees in the state were also concerned about transforming the Church of Hagia Sophia in Turkey into a Mosque and Saddiq Ali Shihab Thangal, the district president of the Muslim League in Malappuram and member of the Thangal family justifying that act, has further increased the fear among Christain communities in the state. Following widespread condemn and opposition Saddiq Ali withdrew his opinion on the issue.

BJP has also launched a campaign that UDF is being run under leadership of the Muslim League and not Congress. BJP president K Surendran and Karnataka deputy CM Ashwath Narayan meeting Cardinal Alancherry held in this background.

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TAGS: POLITICS, KERALA, BJP, LDF, UDF, CHRISTIAN FACTIONS, CHURCH FACTIONS, STATE, LOVE JIHAD, HAGIA SOPHIA, PRIME MINISTER
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