Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has raised a sharp criticism against the Congress for using Sabarimala issue for election campaign. He said that the Congress party, which did not do anything when the Kerala government under the CPM took a decision to allow women to Sabarimala, is raising it for "political gains".
"Then Congress was silent. Now they are saying that they will enact a law. What prevented them from protesting, what prevented them from making their stand clear that they were against the Kerala Government decision. Not even a petty case has been charged against Congress workers, none of them have gone to jail," he said.
He said that cases were filed against 55,000 people who belong to Hindu organisations and it is Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which stood against this state government.
"Congress did not respond. Instead, they said that they would not be part of the agitation, because it is a politically motivated agitation. Now, they are coming out before the people with an aim to using this issue for their political benefits," he added.
Hitting out at the opposition parties amid the ongoing farmers' protest, the Union Minister said that some of the political parties in the country are trying to "mislead the farmers with fake propaganda" and implement the plan that has been hatched by some forces outside India.
"I can say this agitation, is being utilised to halt the progress of India and to defame the country. So I would request the political parties to not fall into the trap of such designs," he said.
At the same time, the union minister also expressed grief over the tragedy in Uttarakhand after a glacier burst triggered avalanche and massive floods in the Himalayan state.
“The situation is very critical in Uttarakhand. Further details are awaited. So far, we did not receive the details of the Keralites and non-Keralites who met with the tragedy. The state government has been taking effort to rescue all trapped in the floods. The central government and home department will give all necessary help for the same. If any malayalees are met with the tragedy, I will take all efforts personally for their sake,” said Muraleedharan.
(With added inputs from ANI)