With the controversy over “love and narcotic jihad” comment by Pala Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt refusing to die down, the Congress and the BJP on Monday engaged in a contemporary spherical of verbal sparring, buying and selling expenses in opposition to one another over the problem.
Addressing devotees throughout a church celebration at Kuravilangad in Kottayam district final week, the Bishop had stated that as a part of the “love jihad”, non-Muslim women, particularly these belonging to the Christian group, had been largely being transformed “after trapping them in love, exploiting and misusing them for damaging actions like terrorism.”
Whereas the Congress right this moment charged the BJP with attempting to derive political mileage by dividing society alongside non secular traces, utilizing the Bishop’s assertion, the BJP leaders met the senior priest at his diocese in Pala expressing solidarity with him and alleged that the Congress and CPI(M) had been taking positions favouring extremist parts creating troubles, as an alternative of addressing the considerations raised by him.
Alleging that that “deliberate makes an attempt” had been being made to destroy the communal concord of the state by means of varied social media platforms, Chief of the Opposition within the Kerala Meeting V D Satheesan shot off a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, urging him to launch a probe into the efforts by the forces attempting to divide folks sowing seeds of communalism by means of Fb, WhatsApp and Telegram, utilizing pretend IDs.
Speaking to reporters in Malappuram, he accused the ruling Left of remaining a “mute spectator” over the problem.
Chief of the Opposition within the Kerala Meeting VD Satheesan. (File)
In an obvious reference to the Bishop’s allegations, the senior Congress chief additionally stated that if any group organizations or their leaders had complained or expressed concern about any specific incident, it must also be investigated.
Strongly backing the Bishop over his remarks, BJP’s nationwide govt member P Ok Krishnadas and State Vice President A N Radhakrishnan met the senior priest on the Pala diocese right this moment and accused the CPI(M) and Congress of “whitewashing” the actions of “extremist forces” within the state.
As an alternative of launching an investigation and taking applicable authorized motion if any extremist forces have interaction in “Love and narcotic jihad” within the state, as alleged by the Bishop, the Chief Minister and the LoP took steps favouring such forces, Krishnadas alleged.
Speaking to varied tv channels, Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai stated he had mentioned the matter with the Pala Bishop and the considerations raised by the priest needs to be addressed. Pillai, who enjoys cordial relations with varied church teams within the state, indicated that he would take up the matter with the Centre.
Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai. (File)
In his letter to the Chief Minister, Satheesan, stated it was a matter of grave concern that efforts are being made, each covertly and overtly, to destroy the non secular concord and social cohesion of Kerala.
He alleged that there was a acutely aware effort to create large-scale divisions, rivalries and distrust amongst totally different religions within the state.
“Social media platforms are used for this. Messaging apps comparable to WhatsApp and Telegram, in addition to Fb and YouTube, are being misused by some to hold out misinformation marketing campaign”, he stated and urged the Chief Minister to significantly examine and punish such ”parts”.
“We assist all good efforts to protect the peaceable ambiance, non secular concord and social cohesion of Kerala”, he stated.
KPCC president Ok Sudhakaran urged the state authorities to convene an all-party meet and a gathering of group non secular leaders to resolve the problems and finish the BJP’s ”political exploitation” by creating stress between communities.
In the meantime, the Nair Service Society (NSS), an outfit of Kerala’s ahead Nair group, on Monday expressed concern over the incidents of pressured non secular conversion going down in lots of elements of Kerala after luring women into the entice of affection.
In a press release, NSS basic secretary G Sukumaran Nair stated each the state and the central governments ought to take steps to curb these partaking in such inhuman anti-national actions.
He, nevertheless, stated it’s not appropriate to present any non secular or communal color for such actions.
Nair additionally known as for collective efforts by all sections to finish the tendency of placing the nation into hazard by creating non secular hatred and division in society.
In the meantime, Joseph Perumthottam, the Archbishop of the Changanasserry archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, right this moment supported the Pala Bishop, urging the federal government to finish the menace of “narcotic terrorism” in Kerala.
In an article within the Church organ ”Deepika” each day right this moment, he stated many households have collapsed after their women who fell into the entice of affection had been misused for drug trafficking, non secular terrorism, smuggling and prostitution.
He stated with the Taliban taking management of Afghanistan, the potential of Kerala changing into a hub of drug smuggling could be very excessive and urged the federal government to take steps to finish “narcotic terrorism” within the state.
The controversial “love and narcotic jihad” remarks by Kallarangatt triggered ripples in Kerala’s political circles because the BJP accused the CPI(M) and the Congress of supporting jihadis, whereas the latter warned in opposition to “Sangh Parivar agenda” to destroy Christian-Muslim concord within the state.
Amid mounting criticism, the Pala Diocese, below the the distinguished Syro-Malabar Church, on Saturday had come out with a proof, saying that the Bishop didn’t intend to harm anybody and his remarks weren’t in opposition to any specific group.
Urging all communities to view significantly the actions of fringe parts indulging in radical and anti-social actions utilizing the names and symbols of faith, the diocese additionally shared the message of going ahead unitedly ending all deceptive propaganda.
Whereas the Congress had stated the bishop crossed limits, the BJP supported him by urging the society to debate the assertion.
Condemning Bishop Kallarangatt’s assertion, the CM on Friday stated those that maintain accountable positions ought to chorus from making statements inflicting divisions in society.