MV Govindan slams Fr D'Cruz over his remark against minister, says he upholds communal views


Thiruvananthapuram: CPM State Secretary MV Govindan on Friday criticized Fr Theodosius D'Cruz for his controversial remark on Minister V Abdurahiman. The priest had called the minister a "traitor" and a “terrorist” while commenting on the anti-port protest in Vizhinjam. Responding to the remark, the CPM secretary stated that the priest had made a remark that tarnished the dignity of the position he holds in society.

Govindan said that only a person who takes a strong communal stand could make such a remark. He dismissed Fr D'Cruz's claim that the remark was only a slip of the tongue. "If a person calls a minister a terrorist for having a Muslim name, he must be someone with extreme communalist views," MV Govindan added.

"The diocese was the first to demand Vizhinjam port. We strongly opposed the UDF government's move to hand over the project to the private sector. We wanted it to be a part of the public sector and objected to handing it over to Adani. But the Oommen Chandy government handed over the project to the private sector. Back then, we pointed out the corruption behind allotting the project to the private sector. By the time the LDF government came to power, the construction works were already started.

Therefore, we had to review our stand on the matter. We supported the project as taking a similar approach which is bound to be followed by successive governments," he said.

Govindan pointed out that the LDF government had agreed to six of the seven demands tabled by the protesters. However, we cannot agree to their demand that construction works in Vizhinjam should be halted, he added.

"The Vizhinjam Police Station attack was deliberate and well-planned. There is a conspiracy behind these protests. There is a section of people who wishes to see the protest continues. They are behind the violence", he added.

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