Alphons Kannanthanam, the newly inducted Union minister hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday and said that PM is doing what a good Christian is supposed to do. Kannanthanam said this while addressing a public reception yesterday in Muvattupuzha near Kochi. He also asserted to do whatever possible for PM Modi’s dream of creating a new India. He said, “People ask why I, a Christian, joined BJP. My answer to them is that Modi is doing what a good Christian is supposed to do. I would do whatever possible to realise the PM’s dream of creating a new India where all Indians can live with dignity,” reported the Indian Express. “The BJP is ruling the country for crores of poor people. Everyone in Kerala also should cooperate to make that change reflected in the state,” said Kannanthanam, whose ministership is seen as a bid to woo Christian votes in Kerala.
Earlier on Sunday, Kannanthanam was given a reception at Kochi airport. He was accorded a warm welcome by the state BJP leaders. On his first visit to his home state after becoming a Union minister, he said the Modi government wanted to forge a good relation with all the states and added that he would work with all the state governments to fulfil the prime minister’s dream of leading them on to the path of development. He was quoted by PTI as saying, “The Modi government wants good relations with all the states. Uplift of the poor is the prime minister’s dream. All the states should join hands with the Centre to fulfil his dream.”
Recalling his personal relations with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kannanthanam hoped that it would help him deliver good things for the state.