Political Parties Field Christians In Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls
By SAR NEWS
NAGERCOIL, Tamil Nadu (SAR NEWS) – Various political parties have fielded Christians in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly elections in Kanyakumari district.
Kanyakumari has about 46 percent of Christians, including the Roman Catholic Christians, the Church of South India, the Salvation Army, the Lutherans, the Pentecostal Mission, the Syro-Malabar, the Syro-Malankara, the Syrian Orthodox and independent Churches.
The Churches are engaged in education, medical mission and run homes for the differently abled, senior citizens, orphans, HIV/AIDS-infected persons, leprosy patients and others.
The political parties, cashing in on the major vote bank in the Christian community, have been scrambling to field candidates from the community across the district.
The DMK-Congress alliance has fielded Dr. Pushpa Leela Alban in Padmanabapuram and J.G. Prince in Colachel constituencies. The AIADMK alliance has fielded S. Austin in Padmanabhapuram, P. Lawrence in Colachel and R.George in Killiyoor. The Communist Marxist in alliance with AIADMK has R. Leema Rose in the communist-dominated belt of Vilavancode. Dr. D. Kumaradhas, a member of the Lutheran Church and former MLA, who could not get a Congress ticket this time around, is contesting independently in Killioor constituency.
Many contestants, irrespective of their religious affiliations, seek the blessing of the various bishops in Kanyakumari, and publicise their photographs with the bishops in dailies to highlight their familiarity with religious heads, to corner votes.