The CPI(M) has termed the protests against Kerala education minister by the opposition as “anti Quran agitation.” The opposition is mounting pressure on the education minister K T Jaleel for his alleged involvement in the gold smuggling case.
The probes by various agencies have revealed that bypassing all the norms and protocols, Jaleel had received religious texts and food kits from UAE consulate, one of the main players in the entire smuggling case.
The religious texts were taken in a private vehicle to a Malappuram based institution for distribution on the behest of the minister. As per agencies, key accused Swapna Suresh was aware of these exchanges.
With agencies tightening the rope around the minister and opposition mounting pressure, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, in his weekly column in party daily Deshabhimani, termed the protest against Jaleel and the LDF government as an “anti-Quran agitation”.
Meanwhile, opposition has come down heavily at this remark and called it an attempt to use religion as a shield from criticism. BJP state chief K Surendran said, “CPI(M) is trying to project Jaleel as the symbol of a religion. It is communalising the issue.”
Even the Indian Union Muslim League rejected to buy into the “anti-Quran agitation” argument and slammed the CPI(M). IUML national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty said the CPI(M) and Jaleel should answer to the allegations related to the gold smuggling.
Whereas, Congress state president Mullappally Ramachandran said, “The government has lost its face. Using the Quran for political ends is dangerous.”