V D Satheesan | Photo: PTI
Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of Opposition in the state assembly and Congress MLA V D Satheesan, alleged that the conspiracy of Sangh Parivar was behind the virulent speech of PC George against Islam.
VD Satheesan accused the police of registering FIR after 24 hours of delivering the hate speech. Youth Congress and Youth League had filed complaints against PC George. The police were also slammed by the Congress leader for allowing PC George to travel in his own personal vehicle after being taken into custody.
Satheesan also said that police took George to Thiruvananthapuram in his personal vehicle and allegedly made it possible for BJP supporters and workers to extend their wishes and support to him on the way.
According to Satheesan, what George said cannot be considered as his freedom of speech and expression to air his personal views as such freedom cannot impinge on religious rights.
He said this in response to queries put to him regarding statements by BJP state president K Surendran and some other leaders of his party that the controversial statement was only the airing of personal views or beliefs by George.
He also alleged that Sangh Parivar was the one behind the incident and urged the state and the police to take action against them also.
He claimed that the Sangh Parivar was using George as a weapon to find a foothold in Kerala as it does not have a presence here.
Satheesan further said that those who justify George's statement are those who pull the strings.
He urged all major political parties in the state to isolate communal forces and blamed the ruling CPM for allegedly fostering groups engaged in the majority and minority communalism.
George, the former Kerala Congress politician had sparked off a controversy by asking non-Muslims in Kerala to avoid restaurants run by the community.
Addressing a programme organised as part of the ongoing Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan here on Friday, he had alleged that tea laced with drops causing impotence was sold in Muslim-run restaurants to turn people infertile in a bid to seize control of the country.
George, who represented the Poonjar constituency in the state Assembly for 33 years, had also urged non-Muslims to boycott businesses run by Muslims.
(With inputs from PTI)