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Cardinal blessings for PM Modi

Ranchi, May 28: Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo today conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi his blessings in a warm message that spoke of the religious leader’s confidence in Modi’s ability to address the myriad problems of the nation.

“God speaks through people and events. Your ascension as Prime Minister of this great country and the overwhelming mandate won by the BJP-led NDA under your dynamic leadership in elections 2014 are heavenly indications that many problems facing the country such as poverty, unemployment, caste and communal divide, insecurity of women, deteriorating law and order and others would be addressed firmly and for the common good,” the Cardinal’s message to Modi read.

Wishing Modi and his team “all good wishes”, the Cardinal’s message continued: “I would also like to assure you of our prayers and continued support and cooperation.”

On why the delay in sending Modi the congratulatory message, Toppo said: “I was in the US since May 7 and was not in the country when Lok Sabha results were announced on May 16. In the US, I received the news that the BJP-led NDA was swept to power at the Centre by an overwhelming majority. Then and there, I made up my mind to congratulate him (Modi). I returned on May 26, the day Modi officially took over as Prime Minister.”

The Cardinal added that during the course of his visits to Delhi, he had been meeting Prime Ministers and cabinet ministers as goodwill gestures.

“I have met then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and many of his cabinet colleagues. During the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I sought out L.K. Advani, then home minister, though I could not meet him then because he was tied up. I met Advaniji when he was the leader of the Opposition. It is nothing unusual that I have greeted my new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed him my good wishes,” he said.

The Cardinal hoped the thumping majority won by the BJP-led NDA augured well for the country. “It will give them the strength to firmly address crucial issues such as poverty, unemployment, deteriorating law and order, among others, on a priority basis,” he said.

Incidentally, Toppo today is attending the ordination of priests at Kuru village in Lohardaga, the constituency of Jharkhand’s lone Union minister in the Modi government, Sudarshan Bhagat.

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