As part of the ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ initiative of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan met with the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Delhi, Anit Couto, the same man who had urged Catholics to observe fasts and penances ahead of the 2019 General Elections for the ‘spiritual renewal of the nation.’
As part of the #SamparkForSamarthan program, I had the pleasure of calling upon His Grace the serving #Archbishop of the #RomanCatholicArchdiocese of Delhi Anil Joseph Thomas Couto. Briefed him on the achievements of the #ModiGovernment in last four years. #सम्पर्क_फ़ॉर_समर्थन pic.twitter.com/JJLMOTYvpu
— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) June 15, 2018
People on Twitter were not very pleased with a Minister of the NDA government meeting with a man who had tried to communalize the internal politics of India.
BJP will never learn https://t.co/g6uHWOLyF5
— Rishi Bagree ?? (@rishibagree) June 16, 2018
— Prashant P. Umrao (@ippatel) June 16, 2018
Hope you managed to convince him that the “Constitution is not in danger”…. and that nobody is going to steal it…. LOL! https://t.co/QSzkKdLbVj
— MediaCrooks (@RealMediaCrooks) June 16, 2018
— Anjali George (@Kuvalayamala) June 16, 2018
????? This much stupidity cannot be natural! https://t.co/aUue7qys68
— Kalpana Agarwal (@kalps1616) June 16, 2018
Terrific, sir ???
I hope you took down notes from the revered Reverend on how to legislate pagan practices out of existence.
How about starting with banning firecrackers at Diwali?
Oh, wait… Never mind. https://t.co/T3PivLcp3O
— Abhinav Agarwal (@AbhinavAgarwal) June 16, 2018
The Archbishop had received criticism from all quarters for his communally polarizing letter. The Archbishop of Goa has claimed that ‘Constitution is in danger’ as well. It is unclear exactly what the BJP hopes to gain by fraternizing with people who believe their winning elections is a threat to the country and its institutions. But then again, this government has had no qualms with fraternizing with someone who was excited about Prime Minister Modi suffering from swine flu earlier as well.