Mumbai Christians confused over best candidate

The leaders and priests of the Catholic Church and other Christian groups, strongly urge and influence the people to vote for a “secular party”.

 Yes, Confused they are; and why shouldn’t they be? all along the community has been casting their vote to a so called “secular” party, which is not so Secular. Isn’t it?
It was either because we were being told to do so, indirectly though or the community has no option.
In present scenario, the community is bound to be confused, obviously because there is a new kid on the block, who has attracted the attention of the community and rightly so.
However, the questions are being asked and one of the FAQ is ” If we vote for the new kid, won’t it  be beneficial to the So called communal outfit; which could be detrimental to the Community?
Quite possible, but then are we going to continue with the burden of the Secular Party, which has done nothing but has only taken the community for granted?
It does not matter if the Communal outfit benefits or not…the community will certainly benefit; because, it would be demonstrating to the party which has taken the community for granted; used and abused that the community can do without you, and it would certainly help in the long run as it would be the beginning of the CHANGE the Community is looking out for.
No, we are not trying to influence the community, but only highlighting the facts. Besides, It is always the FIRST TIME…This is the time to take a call, use your intelligence and vote wisely to the candidate who you think will fit the bill of Clean, Honest and Hard working towards the issues of Community…Forget about who will benefit…
VOTE YOU MUST
GREG
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Religious at AZAD MAIDAN RALLY, attentively listening to the Speakers.

Mumbai:

As Mumbai draws closer to its polling date on April 24, confusion reigns among members of the Christian community over who to vote for.

The Lok Sabha elections found mention in the Palm Sunday mass at St Pius Church, Mulund.

Father Tarsicius Fernandes prayed, “Lord, give us your guidance in voting for the right political representatives. Lord, give our political leaders strength and wisdom.”

Fr S M Michael, chairperson of inter-religious dialogue commission of the Bombay Archdiocese, speaking at the session on political analysis for Christians at Sacred Heart Parish in Andheri (East) on Sunday said, “The main parties do not take Christians as seriously as the Muslims because we are not perceived as lacking political awareness, and not as a significant vote bank.”

According to Dolphy D’souza, former president of Bombay Catholic Sabha, Mumbai has around 1 million Christians. Of these, there were around five lakh registered voters in 2009. Around 58-60 per cent Christians voted in the last Lok Sabha elections.

In veiled messages during mass and religious-social gatherings, the leaders and priests of the Catholic Church and other Christian groups, strongly urge and influence the people to vote for a “secular party”.

In his letter to the community across India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of the Bombay, emphasized that chief among the needs that must be addressed by hopeful candidates, are secularism and protection of rights of minorities, tribals, and Dalit Christians.

Encapsulating the community’s concerns, Gordon Dsouza, President of the Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) said, “Catholics are disappointed with the Congress because of inflation and corruption. However, when we try to look at the BJP as a worthy alternative, the party does cause fear among the people because it is backed by Hindutva groups and has a tainted history with minorities.”

Dsouza said, “We have been organizing ‘Meet Your Candidates’ sessions where citizens can interact with the candidates in their constituencies. We have also been trying to create awareness by sending texts and speaking in churches after the Sunday mass.”

At a local-level in Mumbai, the Archbishop has sought to raise the issue of the dwindling space for cemeteries and unreasonable land acquisition from the Church for public projects that “are normally not used for the purpose the land is acquired for.”

Source: Indian Express

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1 Comment

  1. April 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Greg,
    Yes, we must vote. If we don’t vote, we have no right to complain against the Government. How will one vote make a difference? It can make a huge difference where candidates have won by wafer thin majority. Why is the Catholic Church indirectly advocating us to vote for the Congress (vote for secular party!). Because it is afraid of the BJP. But we have an alternative. We have the AAP. For too long the Congress have taken us for a ride. We should give the new kid on the block a chance. Don’t worry about the results. God used David to slay Goliath.Do your bit and God will work wonders. Keep the faith in God and in country.

    Love

    Lazar

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