Congress, CPM condemn Thalassery bishop’s statement as BJP eyes to make inroads

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K Surendran, MV Govindan, Archbishop Mar Joseph Pamplany

Kozhikode: Major political parties in the state reacted to the Thalassery Archdiocese Archbishop Mar Joseph Pamplany’s statement assuring support to BJP. When the Congress and CPM rebuked the bishop’s declaration, BJP affirmed and addressed it as a hint of change.

Joseph Pamplany on the other day assured to extend support to BJP if the union government raises the price of rubber to Rs 300. Addressing the protest rally of the Catholic Congress at Alakode in Kannur, the bishop said that the archdiocese would help the BJP in Kerala and will overcome the situation of the BJP not having an MP from the state.

BJP state president K Surendran said that the party would hold discussions with the rubber farmers and the issues will be reported to the union government. “The Narendra Modi regime has been emerging as the only comfort for all the communities in Kerala. For this, the state needs a double-engine government supporting the Modi regime has to be built in the state. Everyone should extend support for it,” said Surendran. He also slammed MV Govindan for criticising the bishop instead of assuring actions in favour of the farmers.

AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said that the union government has already made its stance on the farmers in the country. The farmers have united for another protest and the churches are being attacked here, said Venugopal.

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By lashing out at the bishop, CPM state secretary MV Govindan asked whether the rubber price was the sole issue of the Christian community in the country. “How can someone urge the Christians to vote for BJP at a time when the party is hunting down the Christian believers in the North Indian states?”, he asked.

Meanwhile, Kerala Congress leader Jose K Mani abstained from marking severe reactions against the bishop and accused the Centre’s policies of a fall in rubber prices, which aggravated the financial distress of farmers. The bishop might have intended to change such policies, said Jose K Mani.

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