Modi meeting with Pope Francis termed a ploy to woe Christian vote bank

New Delhi, October 29 (KMS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will call on Pope Francis at Vatican City during his visit to Italy to attend the 16th G-20 summit in Rome starting today, in what political analysts and experts believe is a ploy to woe Christian community ahead of the Goa Assembly elections early next year.

The experts said that this would be the first-ever meeting with Pope Francis for Mr Modi since he became Prime Minister in 2014.

They said the PM’s meeting with the Pope, that is expected at the Vatican on Saturday morning, could pave the way for a papal visit to India. Pope Francis has been head of the Roman Catholic Church since 2013. The last papal visit to India was in the 1990s during the papacy of Pope John Paul II.

Some political analysts hinted that the move might be part of the BJP government’s attempt to reach out to the Christian community ahead of the Goa Assembly elections early next year.