Sampark for Samarthan: Vardhan meets controversial Archbishop Couto

Archbishop Anil Couto last month claimed that a 'turbulent political atmosphere' in the country posed a threat to its constitutional principles

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New Delhi: As part of the BJP’s “Sampark for Samarthan” initiative, Union minister Harsh Vardhan met controversial Archbishop Anil Couto on Saturday, around a month after the latter claimed that a “turbulent political atmosphere” in the country posed a threat to its constitutional principles.

 

Couto had said this in a letter to all parish priests and religious institutions in the Delhi archdiocese a few days before the 12 May Karnataka elections.

Archbishop Anil Couto had written: “We are witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our constitution and the secular fabric of our nation.”

The letter dated 8 May had created a lot of controversies, as it attracted criticism from various quarters who alleged that it was directed at the government led by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Archbishop Couto had however defended his letter stating that it had nothing to do with the Modi government.

“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.

“His Grace #Archbishop #AnilJosephThomasCouto & I had an inspiring discussion on the importance of promoting inter-religious dialogue for global peace. I conveyed Hon’ble PM Shri Modi Ji’s good wishes to His Grace. #SamparkForSamarthan,” Harsh Vardhan tweeted.

The minister also met a number of other eminent persons, including classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, literary personality Ashok Vajpayee, former Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti, and writer Ashok Chakradhar.

“As part of the #SamparkForSamarthan program, I had the pleasure of calling upon my long-time friend, the gracious & renowned classical dancer Ms @sonal_mansingh at her residence. Briefed her on the achievements of the #ModiGovernment in last 4 yrs.

“Under #SamparkSeSamarthan program, I met renowned former #ChiefJusticeOfIndia Shri #RCLahotiji who has a rich experience of 40 years in the field of law&justice. At his residence in Noida, I enjoyed talking to him &his family about achievements of the #Modi government in last 4 yrs,” the Minister tweeted.