NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with Pope Francis on Saturday at 8.30am at the Vatican.
This is seen as a major political move by the BJP government to woo the Christian community ahead of the Goa assembly elections to be held early next year.
The prime minister could invite the Pope to visit India. A papal visit has been pending for a while due to some opposition from Sangh affiliates.
It remains to be seen whether Modi extends an invitation to the pope when he visits him on Saturday, while he is in Rome for the G20 summit.
The last papal visit was in the 90s when John Paul II was the Pope.
The BJP has been trying to attract Christian voters, especially in Kerala in a big way, where the party is trying to make headway for a while.
The recent controversy regarding the bishop of the Diocese of Pala, one of the largest Catholic groups in the state, who warned his followers against the ‘jihad of love’, a campaign promoted by the saffron brigade, has been a major point. of political meeting for the BJP State Unit.
With the exception of the chairman of the BJP state unit, party leaders in the state, including Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi, seen as close to the prime minister, have called the Bishop of Pala.
Christians have traditionally voted for Congress and the BJP is therefore seen as trying to woo the community to make its presence felt in the state, where it has so far had little resonance.
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"