Church unlikely to echo Archbishop Pamplany’s statement: MV Govindan

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MV Govindan | Photo: Mathrubhumi / Abhilash Chirakkadavu

Thiruvananthapuram: Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala state secretary MV Govindan on Monday said that he doesn’t believe that Thalassery Archbishop Mar Joseph Pamplany’s controversial take on BJP is the church’s opinion on the matter.

As many as 79 Christian organisations had held a march in New Delhi alleging the BJP government of attacking the community. Members from Kerala also attended the protest. In the complaint that they handed over, they mentioned 598 incidents in 21 states. Kerala was not part of it, Govindan said.

I don’t think the situation will change based on the price of rubber. This is not an issue affecting all Christians. Kerala’s secular nature will not be destroyed by such isolated comments, he added.

The CPM politburo member also said that the sole responsibility of the rubber price slump is for the union government.

Archbishop Pamplany triggered a controversy on Sunday by stating that if the union government promised to increase the price of rubber procurement to Rs 300 per kilogram, the BJP's dearth of an MP from the southern state would be addressed. He also met BJP leaders ahead of making the statement.

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