Thamarassery Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kozhikode: Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil, head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Thamarassery, on Monday came out in support of Thalassery Archbishop Mar Joseph Pamplany, who offered the BJP a crucial victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Kerala.
“Even if it is BJP, what matters is whether they would consider farmers or not," the bishop told mathrubhumi.com. Inchananiyil added that the LDF and UDF governments neglected farmers.
“We asked the government not to import rubber to India. No one listened. Farmer subsidies were withdrawn. They cut all the powers of the Rubber Board. Though the government procured paddy and coconut, farmers are not being paid on time,” Inchananiyil said.
Archbishop Pamplany triggered controversy on Sunday by stating that if the union government promised to increase the price of rubber procurement to Rs 300 per kilogram, the BJP's dearth of an MP from the southern state would be addressed.
Bishop also said that the state government did not act on increasing wildlife attacks on human settlements and imposed a buffer zone surrounding forests. Many farmers quit agriculture, he alleged.
The chief minister took charge of the minority department after we requested it several times. But it was handed over to someone else due to external pressure. It is a huge issue for us, the bishop said.
Congress and CPM slammed Pamplany following his controversial comments. Both mentioned the alleged Sagh Parivar attacks on churches in north India and asked the priest not to deviate from the real issue. However, Bishop's support for Pamplany shows that the statement of the latter was not accidental.