New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican at 8.30 am on Saturday.
It is being seen as a major political move by the BJP government to attract the Christian community ahead of next year’s assembly elections in Goa.
The Prime Minister may invite the Pope to visit India. A pope’s visit has been postponed for some time due to some opposition from union members.
It remains to be seen whether Modi will invite the pope on Saturday while in Rome for the G-20 summit.
The last pope visit was in the 90s when John Paul II was pope.
The BJP is trying to attract Christian voters, especially in Kerala, where the party has been trying to enter for some time.
The recent controversy over the bishop of Paul Diocese, one of the largest Catholic groups in the state, warned his followers against ‘love jihad’, a major political rally point for a campaign led by the Saffron Brigade. BJP state unit.
Apart from the president of the BJP state unit, state party leaders, including Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi, who is seen as close to the prime minister, have met the Pal Bishop.
Christians have traditionally voted for Congress, and so the BJP is seen as an attempt to alienate the community, to make its presence felt in the state, where it has so far received very little resonance.