BJP mulls free trip to Jerusalem for Christian voters ahead of Nagaland Assembly election


PM Modi in Nagaland

PM Modi in Nagaland

HIGHLIGHTS

  • BJP plans to send groups of senior Christian citizens to Jerusalem if the party comes to power in the state.
  • 88 per cent of the population in Nagaland is Christian.
  • Assembly elections in Nagaland are due for February 27.

This might be the most lucrative offer made to any voter ever by any political party — a guaranteed foreign trip if the voter casts vote for BJP in Nagaland.
Days after cancelling subsidies for Haj pilgrimages, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now shifting its focus to the C

This might be the most lucrative offer made to any voter ever by any political party — a guaranteed foreign trip if the voter casts vote for BJP in Nagaland.

Days after cancelling subsidies for Haj pilgrimages, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now shifting its focus to the Christian dominated Nagaland where the Assembly polls are due for February 27.

BJP in its manifesto, to be released this week by the Defence Minister in Nagaland, has offered to send groups of senior Christian citizens to Jerusalem if the party comes to power in the state. This could be seen as an attempt to capture the Christian vote bank in Nagaland. The move is also seen as an effort to counter fears of ‘Hindutva invasion’ among the Christian voters of Nagaland.

Nagaland BJP leader and spokesperson James Vizo said, “BJP’s election manifesto will be published within this week. The leaders of the party have planned to send groups of senior Christian citizens to Jerusalem if the party comes to power in the state. This has been mentioned in the draft manifesto, which will be released this week by Union Ministers.”

Around 11.82 lakh voters of Nagaland will exercise their franchise in the upcoming Assembly polls. 88 per cent of the population in Nagaland is Christian.

It, however, remains unclear if the offer is limited only to the people of Nagaland or will it ply in Meghalaya too. Polls in Meghalaya are scheduled for the same day.

BJP’s decision has come after the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), the biggest church organization in the poll-bound state, launched a campaign against the BJP and RSS in the state.

(With inputs from Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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