STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kerala minister KT Jaleel playing victim card by invoking religion, alleges BJP

BJP state president K Surendran told reporters that the minister was questioned as part of the NIA's investigation into "terror funding and conspiracy" and not for protocol violation

Published: 18th September 2020 01:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th September 2020 04:38 PM   |  A+A-

Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel comes out of the National Investigation Agency’s office in Kochi after questioning

Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel comes out of the National Investigation Agency’s office in Kochi after questioning. (Photo| Arun Angela, EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The BJP has accused Kerala minister KT Jaleel, who was questioned by the NIA, of trying to play the victim card by invoking religion.

BJP state president K Surendran told reporters here on Friday that the minister was questioned as part of the NIA's investigation into "terror funding and conspiracy" and not for protocol violation, as claimed by the CPM.
        
"By invoking religion, Jaleel is trying to play the victim card. This is a method adopted by all culprits. The minister claims he was called as a witness. But it should be remembered that those who are listed as accused are initially called for questioning in this manner," Surendran said.
        
The BJP leader said no central agency has given a clean chit to Jaleel and that he may be called again for further interrogation. Surendran also accused the CPM of trying to create a "communal divide" on the Jaleel issue by citing the Quran.
         
"There is no objection towards distribution of Quran. But Jaleel has insulted Quran by using it as a ploy for smuggling activities," Surendran said. He also asked the CPM not to mix religion with criminal cases to misguide the people.

ALSO READ: Why should I quit, asks Kerala Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel

'CM stifling protests'
        
The BJP president accused Chief Minister Pinarayi VIjayan of trying to stifle protests by using the police. He added that Pinarayi had no right to speak on COVID protocol violations when his own party had held a mourning procession of 5,000 people in the capital which was led by minister A K Balan.
        
"The Chief Minister is speaking about COVID protocol violations to weaken people's protests against the government. If he is serious, then Balan should be booked first for violating the norms," Surendran said.
        
He said the BJP will further intensify its agitation seeking Jaleel's resignation in the coming days.

'UDF, LDF deal'
         
Surendran wondered whether the UDF, which had demanded a probe by mutiple central agencies, has taken a U-turn from its stance. Surendran alleged there was a secret understanding between the UDF and LDF on the gold smuggling case.

The BJP president said Chennithala had remarked the other day that a judicial probe into the gold smuggling case would have sufficed. He said the remark proved that there was an understanding between both fronts.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp