Thiruvananthapuram, April 9(BPNS)
The BJP leaders of Kerala, including Union Minister of State for External Affairs,V. Muraleedharan and party national executive member and former state president, P.K. Krishnadas paid visits to the Bishop houses of the state.
While Muraleedharan visited the Latin Catholic Arch diocese headquarters and exchanged wishes with the Arch Bishop Mar George Netto , Krishnadas visited the Thalassesry Arch Bishop, Mar Joseph Pamplani at the Thalassery Bishop House.
BJP state president, K. Surendran had on Saturday visited the Thamarassery Arch Bishop Mar Remijius Paul Inchananiyil.
It is to be noted that the BJP state vice president and senior leader, A.N. Radhakrishnan had participated in the Malayatoor Church festival on Good Friday day and had even climbed the Malyatoor hill to reach the hill shrine.
The Kerala BJP is in a serious bid to woo the Christian community in a desperate attempt to gain political mileage and to break the deadlock of not winning assembly or loksabha seats in the state.
A group of former Kerala Congress leaders including former MLA’s and a former MP is working behind the scene to float a new political party for Christian interests and this new party would align with the BJP in Kerala as part of the National Democratic Alliance.
Kerala has a strong presence of minority communities, including Christians and Muslims and of late following the Love Jihad and other issues, there has been a marked shift in attitude of Christians towards the Muslim community and the BJP is trying to capitalize on that rift.
Interestingly Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the Catholic church in New Delhi to participate in Easter Day celebrations.