AHMEDABAD: Weeks before going for polls, Gujarat’s Archbishop, Thomas Macwan, of the Catholic archdiocese of Gandhinagar, has urged people to save India from the nationalist forces. But such statements from minorities would help the BJP to consolidate its votes as it has happened in the past.
Christians constitute only 2-3 % of the population in Gujarat.
Thomas Macwan had said that there was growing insecurity among minorities, other Backward classes and poor. He requested to organise prayers in parishes and convents to pray that people who respect the constitution and its ideology, and treat every human being as equal and work for the welfare of the state are elected to the Gujarat assembly.
In a letter dated November 21, 2017 he calls Gujarat elections as “significant for the future course of our country”.
When asked about the letter written he said that “Yes the letter was written by me, for internal circulation among churches and Bishops, urging all to pray for peaceful elections and to vote with a clear conscience.”