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CM Vijayan asks Pala bishop to rectify comment

Pinarayi warns of motion towards divisive rhetoric, debunks narcotic and love jihad theories


Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday urged Pala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt to rectify his incorrect and polarising sermon on a covert ‘narcotic jihad’ campaign by radical Islamists to entrap Catholic and non-Muslim youth with fatally addictive mind-altering medicine.

Mr. Vijayan mentioned the federal government could be unsparing towards those that propagated such false theories. He mentioned Chief of the Opposition V.D. Satheesan had demanded the identical. The federal government wouldn’t stay a mute witness to divisive speech. It will crack the whip on inflammatory rhetoric regardless of the commentator’s social stature.

“If society doesn’t agree with an individual’s view, then civic behaviour and propriety demanded the person appropriate it,” Mr. Vijayan mentioned.

Mr. Vijayan squarely blamed the bishop’s comment for the present social tensions. “The wrongful assertion had precipitated the controversy,” he mentioned.

Mr. Vijayan denied the Opposition demand for an all-party assembly. However he left the door open for a convention of spiritual leaders. The Chief Minister reeled off the newest crime statistics to invalidate the bishop’s concept that Islamists plotted to ply Catholic and non-Muslim youth with narcotic medicine to deprave or convert them.

He mentioned Hindus comprised 49% of these arrested on drug fees in 2020, and Muslims and Christians accounted for 34% and 15.73%, respectively. There was no case of pressured drug abuse.

Mr. Vijayan debunked the love jihad concept. Most Keralites who joined the Islamic State (IS) in 2018-19 have been Muslims dwelling in overseas international locations. Christians and Hindus who transformed to Islam and joined the IS from Kerala have been few and much between.

They included a Christian couple from Ernakulam, a Hindu from Kozhikode, a Hindu lady from Thiruvananthapuram and a Christian youth hailing from Palakkad. The Supreme Courtroom, Kerala Excessive Courtroom and NIA had debunked the love jihad concept within the high-profile Hadiya inter-faith marriage case.

The Chief Minister mentioned the ‘narcotic jihad’ assertion had advantaged these searching for to divide society into spiritual traces for political acquire.

Cooperation Minister V.N. Vasavan had known as on the Pala bishop on the latter’s request. It was to not categorical solidarity with the ‘narcotic jihad’ assertion as alleged.



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