» 02/10/2015, 00.00
Archbishop of Delhi: The people voted against Modi and the political use of religion
Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, anti-corruption) have swept the elections in Delhi. For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this is the first major defeat since the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. Msgr. Couto to AsiaNews: "The result is the sign of the frustration of all the people of India."
New Delhi (AsiaNews) - "The people of Delhi voted
against the BJP and its attempt to polarize the voters in the name of religion.
The result of these elections is a message to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
he should think seriously about his behavior", says Msgr. Anil Joseph Thomas
Couto, Archbishop of Delhi, commenting to AsiaNews on the outcome of the
vote in the federal territory. As predicted
by many exit polls, the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, "the common
man") won and its leader Arvind Kejriwal will be the new chief minister of
The AAP has obtained an overwhelming majority winning 63 seats
out of 70. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, the Hindu nationalist) - the
Party at the helm of the central government of India - was left with only six
seats. The prime minister Narendra Modi has conceded defeat, congratulated Kejriwal
and promised him his full support.
This is the first major defeat for the BJP since the general elections in 2014,
which had decreed the victory of the party and the election of Modi as Prime Minister
"These elections - underlines Msgr. Couto AsiaNews -
were negatively affected by the attacks on churches. Five attacks on five different
churches and the BJP, which was in power, stood by in silence. What's worse, it
said that what happened was normal, that in many other places similar incidents
Faced with the government's silence, the prelate recalls, "the Christian
community wanted to express their anguish rallying for a
peaceful march in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi. It
was a peaceful and prayerful encounter, but the police came and dragged children,
women, priests and nuns away by force. A gesture that the whole country has
According to the Archbishop of Delhi, "the result
is a vote for change. Even after eight months, the Modi government has failed
to act well, nor has it fulfilled its promises. The people of Delhi are disappointed
and that's why they wanted to give Arwind Kejriwal a chance as the new chief
minister. Moreover, the majority of the population here is well educated and come
from all over the country. People have the pulse of the situation, on their States:
their vote also shows the frustration of the people of India about the central
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