Two senior bishops of the Malanakara Orthodox church on Sunday called on BJP leader Narendra Modi, who arrived in Kerala for addressing public meetings here and in the state capital.
Talking to reporters
after the meeting here, Metropolitan Mar Athanasios of Chengannur
diocese, lauded Modi's development initiatives in Gujarat but clarified
that the call was 'personal and not official'.
Geeverghese Mar Ulios of Ahmedabad diocese of the church was also
present at the meeting at the government guest house.
reporters sought to know how he visualized a scenario of Modi becoming
Prime Minister, Mar Athanasios remarked, "I will be glad if that
"We mostly discussed the development initiatives in
Gujarat," Mar Athanasios, who had earlier headed the Ahmedabad diocese
of the church, said. He said the meeting was not the result of any
official direction from the church.
Though BJP leaders in Kerala
had earlier claimed that representatives of other churches would also
call on Modi, none from any other denomination visited him.