Narcotic Jihad: BJP leaders meet Bishop, Cong accuses govt of being ‘mute spectator’

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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 towards 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 ladies, particularly these belonging to the Christian neighborhood, have been largely being transformed “after trapping them in love, exploiting and misusing them for destructive activities like terrorism.”

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While the Congress right now charged the BJP with making an attempt to derive political mileage by dividing society alongside spiritual strains, 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) have been taking positions favouring extremist components creating troubles, as a substitute of addressing the considerations raised by him.

Alleging that that “deliberate attempts” have been being made to destroy the communal concord of the state by means of varied social media platforms, Leader of the Opposition within the Kerala Assembly V D Satheesan shot off a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, urging him to launch a probe into the efforts by the forces making an attempt to divide individuals sowing seeds of communalism by means of Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram, utilizing pretend IDs.

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Talking to reporters in Malappuram, he accused the ruling Left of remaining a “mute spectator” over the problem.

Leader of the Opposition within the Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan. (File)

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In an obvious reference to the Bishop’s allegations, the senior Congress chief additionally stated that if any neighborhood organizations or their leaders had complained or expressed concern about any explicit incident, it must also be investigated.

Strongly backing the Bishop over his remarks, BJP’s nationwide government member P Ok Krishnadas and State Vice President A N Radhakrishnan met the senior priest on the Pala diocese right now and accused the CPI(M) and Congress of “whitewashing” the actions of “extremist forces” within the state.

Instead of launching an investigation and taking acceptable 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.

Talking 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 brazenly, to destroy the spiritual concord and social cohesion of Kerala.

He alleged that there was a 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 such as WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as Facebook and YouTube, are being misused by some to carry out misinformation campaign”, he stated and urged the Chief Minister to significantly examine and punish such ”components”.

“We support all good efforts to preserve the peaceful atmosphere, religious harmony 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 neighborhood spiritual leaders to resolve the problems and finish the BJP’s ”political exploitation” by creating stress between communities.

Meanwhile, the Nair Service Society (NSS), an outfit of Kerala’s ahead Nair neighborhood, on Monday expressed concern over the incidents of pressured spiritual conversion happening in lots of components of Kerala after luring ladies into the lure of affection.

In an announcement, NSS basic secretary G Sukumaran Nair stated each the state and the central governments ought to take steps to curb these participating in such inhuman anti-national actions.

He, nonetheless, stated it’s not right to offer any spiritual or communal color for such actions.

Nair additionally referred to as for collective efforts by all sections to finish the tendency of placing the nation into hazard by creating spiritual hatred and division in society.

Meanwhile, Joseph Perumthottam, the Archbishop of the Changanasserry archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, right now 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 now, he stated many households have collapsed after their ladies who fell into the lure of affection have been misused for drug trafficking, spiritual terrorism, smuggling and prostitution.

He stated with the Taliban taking management of Afghanistan, the potential of Kerala turning into a hub of drug smuggling may 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 towards “Sangh Parivar agenda” to destroy Christian-Muslim concord within the state.

Amid mounting criticism, the Pala Diocese, underneath the the outstanding 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 towards any explicit neighborhood.

Urging all communities to view significantly the actions of fringe components 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.

While 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.

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