By Ritu Sharma
A former officer of the Indian Administrative Service has urged the government to give chance to a Christian candidate for presidentship during the forthcoming presidential elections.
“A Christian president would give representation to the people of the community who are feeling let down by the government,” said P. Sivakami at a press conference in Delhi yesterday.
Sivakami, who heads the Tamil Nadu-based Samuga Samatuva Padai party, said that she has made the demand as her party’s goal is to serve the minorities and the neglected communities.
She plans to mobilise support for the issue by visiting various states and meeting heads of political parties.
She also plans to raise awareness about the issue among people through posters and handbills.
Sivakami said that the candidate should have a good record and be concerned about public welfare and not excessive leaning towards political parties and be able to carry himself/herself in international circles.
“Right now I do not have anyone in mind but with time a suitable candidate will emerge,” she said.
The former IAS official said that the appointment of a Christian president would empower the community.
“We had presidents from every minority community and its time that we have one from the Christian community,” Sivakami said.
The elections for the new president are due in July.