Delhi Christians see AAP an alternative

March 26, 2014 by  
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Arvind KejriwalNew Delhi, March 25, 2014: Some sections of Christians in Delhi region are now looking at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as an alternative to Congress to voice their concerns in the national parliament.

Christians, a miniscule minority who traditionally supported the Congress party, have approached AAP for a meeting with senior party leaders and national convener Arvind Kejriwal to discuss issues and understand the party’s view on the minority community.

Pastor M M Singh of the New Cavalry Church in South Extension met party volunteers at Kejriwal’s Tilak Lane residence last Tuesday. Pastor Singh believes the former Delhi chief minister is a “good human being” and “wants to change the society” by removing “corruption” and “fighting against corrupt people”.

“I have spoken to other pastors in Delhi and all of us want to hold prayers for Kejriwal so that he has power of God to fight and succeed in the polls,” he said.

Pastor Singh says they are open to supporting Kejriwal. Most Christians believe they’ve been taken for a ride by the ruling Congress-led UPA government as their long pending demand for providing Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians has not been met.

And, they see the BJP as a non-secular party.

Father Dominic Emmanuel, the spokesperson of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese, says the community is now more conscious about politics and ready to explore other alternatives like newer regional parties.

“In churches we never tell followers to vote for a specific candidate or party. We tell them they should vote for someone who is secular, believes in freedom of religion, is open to social change and does not impose forced conversion,” said Father Emmanuel, hinting that AAP could be such an option.

AAP leaders are individually reaching out to all communities to garner support ahead of polls. The party has given Lok Sabha tickets to a sizeable number of Muslims but not many Christians have applied for the same.

“We are a secular party and many religious communities have approached us and pledged to support AAP in the polls for they want change and we are giving them an alternative,” said an AAP leader.

– new indian express

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