Goa Catholics seek Advani’s help

November 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Goa, India, newsletter-india, Persecution

Goa ChristianGoa, November 3, 2011: Disillusioned with the Congress-led ruling coalition, Goa’s Catholics have made overtures to arch-foes the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP -Indian people’s party) in a bid to get support for their demands.

An eight-member delegation, including priests and Religious, on Nov. 2 met BJP leader L K Advani who was on a two-day visit to the state as part of what he calls his public-awakening tour against corruption.

Fr Max Gonsalves, who led the delegation, informed Advani of their unsuccessful efforts to get the government to change the dates of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which clashed with the feast of Goa’s patron saint Francis Xavier.

The delegation also asked the BJP leader to prove his secular credentials by considering Catholic candidates for upcoming assembly elections.

Defending the decision to meet with the leader of a party that is regularly accused of not being friendly towards Christians, delegation member Joe Carneiro said: “As Congress is not paying heed to our requests, we decided to meet the other side, hoping we may get some of our aims done”.

The delegation also told the BJP leader that the state government only pays lip service to the Christian community. They claimed the western state does not have a minority commission and the government does little to protect the rights and interest of Catholics.

During the 40-minute meeting, the Catholics also expressed their disgust at rampant corruption, especially with regard to illegal mining in the state.

The BJP leader promised to look into the matter and tried to reassure them that he bears no enmity towards Catholics, pointing out that he was educated by Catholics at St Patrick’s school in Karachi.

– ucan

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