Karnataka Guv meets B’lore Archbishop on 72nd birthday. Punjab CM, Dy CM meet Jalandhar bishop

August 12, 2013 by  
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Governor and Dignitaries wish Bangalore Archbishop on 72nd Birthday

Bangalore Archbishop's 72nd BirthdayKarnataka, 10 August 2013: Dr Bernard Moras, the Archbishop of Bangalore celebrated his 72nd birthday with the day starting with grand concelebrated thanksgiving mass along with the Archdiocesan clergy at Pastoral Centre in the city.

Various dignitaries visited him and greeted the Archbishop, leading among them being, the Governor of Karnataka, Hansraj Bhardwaj; home minister, K J George; Director General and Inspector General of police,  Lalrokhuma Pachau; AIDGP, A.M.Prasad and members of the legislative assembly in the state.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka,  Siddaramaiah wished him on telephone because of his unavailability. Christians played a major role in ousting the BJP in the state and bringing the Congress to power. The by-elections to two seats and general elections to the Lok Sabha are also due and it possibly be the reason for the beeline to the Archbishop’s house.

Punjab dy. CM meets new Jalandhar bishop

Sukhbir Badal’s visit assumes significance as the diocese has major influence among Christians in Punjab.

Sukhbir Badal’s Punjab, August 09, 2013: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has met newly-appointed Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar.

The meeting took place on Aug 6 at the Trinity College Church in the city.

Badal’s visit assumes significance as the diocese has major influence among Christians in Punjab.

Earlier, the prelate while favoring conferring of SC status to Dalit Christians, had said he would urge the chief minister to take up the case with the Centre.

Sukhbir, who came to Jalandhar after administering oath to panchs and sarpanchs in Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur, participated in a ‘Sarv Dharam’ prayer organized by the diocese.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh accompanied him.

According to sources, after the prayer, Sukhbir met the Bishop, whose coronation had recently taken place.

In the recent past, SAD has been trying to strengthen its hold over the weaker sections of the society, which have traditionally voted for the Congress.

Doaba region has the highest percentage of Dailt population in the country.

With the emergence of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress’ hold in the area has also waned, prompting all parties to increase their efforts at wooing the voters.

Doaba has 23 Assembly and two Lok Sabha constituencies.

– indian express

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