Chennithala backs AK Antony's 'soft hindutva remark'; says there is nothing about it

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Ramesh Chennithala | Photo: Ajith Panachikkal|Mathrubhumi

New Delhi: Former Kerala opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala backed AK Antony's "Soft Hindutva Remark." Chennithala pointed out that the former defence minister had made a statement after carefully examining the current political situation in India.

Earlier, AK Antony suggested that Congress bring the majority and minority communities together to oust BJP from power. He remarked that "people going to temples" or "applying tilak on their foreheads" should not be set aside. Chennithala pointed out this remark by saying that applying a tilak doesn't make someone a BJP follower. However, several Congress leaders were unhappy with Antony's remark.

"Antony issued the statement after carefully examining the political situation in India. There is nothing wrong with that. Congress's policy is to bring everyone together. Applying a tilak on the forehead or using saffron-coloured-dhoti doesn't mean he is a BJP supporter. Such images are related to a person's religious beliefs. Antony was opposing BJP and CPM's plan to use such religious impressions to their advantage," Chennithala said.

Meanwhile, Raj Mohan Unnithan stated that Congress is a party that has a secular face. Therefore, Congress incorporates all religious communities, he added.

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