Tory Leader Hopes to Woo Britain's Hindus

July 22, 2006

Source: Times of India'Hindu~card'~to~widen~base

On July 22, 2006 Times of India reported, "Conservative Party leader David Cameron took many by surprise by turning up at a religious function of prominent Indian preacher Morari Bapu in Leicester and lavishing praise on Britain's Hindu community. Cameron's party has an image problem within Britain's Asian community, which feels more comfortable with the policies of the Labour party. For several years, Cameron's predecessors have been trying to increase their support within the community, to little effect. On Friday, Cameron travelled to the Soar Valley Community College in Leicester, where Morari Bapu has been reciting Ramkatha (excerpts from Hindu epic Ramayana ) - from July 15 to 23 - on the occasion of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Shree Jalaram Mandir there. The event has attracted a large number of his followers from Leicester, other parts of Europe and the US. Cameron, who would like many to believe that he can mount a serious challenge to the Labour party at the next elections, has been straining hard to make his presence felt in the House of Commons and elsewhere. His speech at the Morari Bapu function is seen as a way to woo Britain's Hindus - the third largest religious group after Christianity and Islam... Cameron tapped the belief of many Hindus that unlike other faiths, the Hindu community had been taken for granted by the three main parties. He strove hard to convey the message that he was aware of the problems faced by the community and that he would be the right person to deal with them."