Kerala bishop talks of ‘narcotics jihad’: BJP desires Centre to usher in legislation in opposition to it

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With a Kerala Catholic bishop’s declare of “narcotics jihad” changing into a political flashpoint between events within the state, the nationwide BJP on Sunday joined in, saying the allegation echoed the voice of the Christian neighborhood within the state and sought the intervention of the central authorities to usher in a legislation to take care of “narco-terrorism” and “love jihad”.

“The intervention by Bishop, His Excellency Joseph Kallarangatt of Pala, Kerala during sacred worship is not just a wake-up call for his dioceses, it is the voice of the community who are victims of love jihad and the fallout of narco-terrorism. The cases of love jihad and drug abuse victims are ramping up,” BJP spokesperson Tom Vadakkan mentioned in an announcement.

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Vadakkan alleged that the Kerala authorities has not taken cognisance of the very fact regardless of inputs from investigative companies. According to the BJP chief, the bishop council has raised the problem following inputs from devotees of various church buildings alleging that younger women are lured they usually fall prey to “love jihad” and “later end up in foreign jails”. He mentioned, “this has to be accounted as human trafficking.”

“The rising drug abuse in different communities has affected peace within families and has created socio-economic disorder of disastrous levels,” Vadakkan claimed.

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The Pala bishop’s assertion has triggered an argument within the state and has introduced out public demonstrations from each the Christian and Muslim communities, making the environment communally charged. While the ruling CPI-M and the principle opposition Congress have expressed their displeasure over the remarks, the BJP in Kerala has come out backing the bishop.

While Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan maintained that there was no want to present spiritual color to narcotics, opposition chief V D Satheesan of Congress criticised the Sangh Parivar, accusing it of attempting to spark communal pressure over the bishop’s feedback.

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“My appeal to the central government is to bring central legislation to book such elements, and bring in fast track courts to deal with narco-terrorism and love jihad,” Vadakkan added.

Bishop Kallarangatt had on Thursday triggered an argument, saying Christian women had been largely falling prey to “love and narcotic jihad” in Kerala and wherever arms can’t be used, extremists had been utilizing such strategies to destroy the youth belonging to different religions.

In an announcement, the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) on Saturday mentioned that the bishop’s phrases weren’t aimed toward any neighborhood and he was sharing the neighborhood’s considerations. It shouldn’t be made controversial and may as an alternative be debated with seriousness, the assertion mentioned.

The BJP has been attempting to woo the Christian neighborhood that constitutes round 19 per cent of the state’s inhabitants for increasing its electoral base within the southern state. Addressing the BJP common secretaries in June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested the BJP leaders to shed “rigidity” in forming alliances and suggested that the BJP ought to try to win over the Christian neighborhood within the state, because it “does not seem to be having any major issues in joining hands with BJP.” The Prime Minister additionally had conferences with Church leaders from the state earlier this yr.

The social gathering had taken up the problem of alleged “love-jihad’ – a time period utilized by right-wing activists to discuss with an alleged marketing campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu women to transform within the guise of affection – within the Christian dominated areas after some church leaders expressed their concern over it. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s manifesto had promised a particular legislation to comprise ‘love jihad’ options.

Extending their help to the Bishop, Minister of State for External Affairs and senior BJP chief V Muraleedharan has mentioned that the bishop had raised the considerations of the neighborhood in Kerala and he can’t be silenced by attacking him.


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