‘Narcotic jihad’ comment row: Centre will convene assembly of church heads, says BJP MP Suresh Gopi

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A day after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan rejected the opposition suggestion for calling an all-party assembly to debate the controversial ‘narcotic jihad’ comment by a Catholic bishop, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi on Thursday stated the Centre would quickly convene a gathering of church heads within the state to debate their issues.

The actor-turned-politician stated such a gathering was deliberate a lot earlier however it might be expedited within the present scenario within the state.

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Reiterating his assist to Pala Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt, whose ‘narcotic and love jihad’ remarks had triggered a widespread controversy within the southern state, Gopi stated the bishop had not spoken ailing of any group.

“The Centre will surely give a chance to the affected community (in the issue) to appraise their concerns. A two-day long programme, comprising meetings of church heads and seminars, was decided to be conducted in 2019 itself,” he advised reporters right here.

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When identified to the Chief Minister’s assertion that there was no factual foundation for the propaganda relating to ”narcotic jihad”, the Rajya Sabha member stated no former DGPs, who had expressed issues concerning the presence of extremist forces within the state, had to date rejected the matter raised by the Catholic priest.

The ‘Kaliyattam’ actor stated although his stand was additionally to not annoy any group, because the Chief Minister stated, a social evil couldn’t be ignored for that.

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“If there is a social evil, should not we nip it in the bud?” he requested.

Vijayan, whereas addressing a press convention right here on Wednesday, had rejected the opposition events’ demand to convene an all-party assembly to resolve the problem, saying the remarks weren’t made by individuals associated to any political social gathering.

“The issue is a wrong remark (made by the Bishop). All parties have made their stand clear on the issue”, Vijayan stated, including that on the premise of the stand taken by the events, a response ought to come from those that made the remarks.

He additionally stated attributing crimes associated to narcotics to a selected faith is improper.

Bishop Kallarangatt had stated just lately that Christian women have been falling prey to the alleged love and narcotic jihad in Kerala and wherever arms can’t be used, extremists have been utilizing such strategies to destroy the youth.


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