Church Groups in India say Election of Narendra Modi Will Not Cause Rise in Hostility Toward Christians

Supporters of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, cheer as they listen to Modi during a rally in Hiranagar March 26, 2014.
Supporters of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat’s chief minister, cheer as they listen to Modi during a rally in Hiranagar March 26, 2014.

Several Indian church officials said that they are not concerned that Hindu extremist groups will increase after a landslide victory for the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the government elections, noting that religious minorities are protected by the Constitution.

“Minorities, such as Christians and Muslims are an integral part of the nation and of the social fabric of Indian society. Minorities are protected by the Constitution, I believe that the new government cannot and will not want to go against the Constitution. As Christians we are confident,” said His Exc. Mgr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon, in the state of Kerala, according to Fides News Agency on Friday.

CNBC reported on Friday that early results from India’s five-week long elections are pointing to a big victory for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi. It has already won or is winning 338 parliamentary seats, which is more than the required majority of 272. India’s National Congress party, which had been in power for the past decade, was leading in only 68 seats, which is its worst-ever showing.

BJP president Rajnath Singh said at a news conference: “The people of this country have given us a great responsibility.”

He added that the resounding victory proves that BJP has “crossed the geographical, political and social boundaries” in its appeal to voters.

Although BJP has been described as Hindu nationalists in some publications, on its website the party states that its philosophy, Hindutva or Cultural Nationalism, is a nationalistic, and “not a religious or theocratic” concept.

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SOURCE: STOYAN ZAIMOV
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