May 24, 2015 3:22:42 am
Christian community leaders, who met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday, said they had “a very positive” discussion with him.
“The meeting was a confidence building measure between the government and the community. The discussions were cordial, constructive and very positive,” said Father Savari Muthu, spokesperson of the Delhi Archdiocese.
A group of 14 Christian leaders, including Delhi Archbishop Anil J T Couto, Faridabad Bishop Kuriackose Bharanikulangara, Gurgaon Bishop Jacob Mar Barnabas and Father George Patteri of Jesuit provincial of South Asia, met Jaitley at his residence Saturday.
They had a 90-minute meeting during which the leaders expressed their concerns about the community.
Sources said Jaitley recollected the community’s contributions to the society and made it clear that neither the BJP nor its government support attacks against the minority community. The community leaders said they will have more such meetings in the future.
The meeting is seen as significant as it was a part of the BJP-led government’s image building exercise. The government has come under criticism for frequent attacks on churches and inflammatory statements by BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders.
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