Gold smuggling: Political parties use religious sentiments as tool
Thiruvananthapuram: Even when the political parties repeatedly state that religion has no place in politics, they resort to religious sentiments as a weapon and a shield at the same time when it comes to the gold smuggling case. They raise allegations against each other regarding the Quran distribution in connection with smuggling case.
It was Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who first said that it is understandable why BJP is opposing distribution of Quran, but what about Congress and Muslim League. CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also wrote an article in the party mouthpiece blaming the opposition for using Quran to disgrace the government.
The first response to this came from Muslim League. They stated that it is minister Jaleel who is under suspicion for smuggling under guide of Quran distribution. P K Kunhalikutty said that they should nor start a controversy out of this just to evade the case. After the CPM state secretariat, Kodiyeri reacted that Congress is taking over the anti-Quran stand of the BJP.
The political parties choose to take religious sentiments as their tool due to the social division based on religions. BJP is looking how can they gain support of the majority groups. Meanwhile, Congress said that let Muslim League defend the matters on religious sentiments and then they would react. They also opined that CPM is trying to create religious intolerance while speaking about secularism.