BJP leader accuses Jesuit of spreading religious discontent

 

He said action should have been taken against Fr. Cedric Prakash.

Fr. Cedric Prakash

Panaji: 

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday accused Gujarat-based Catholic priest and human rights activist Father Cedric Prakash of trying to spread religious and social discontent based on “falsehoods” in Goa before the general election.

Equating the priest with controversial Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, Parrikar, justifying police action against Facebooker Devu Chodankar following his anti-Narendra Modi posts, said action should have been taken against Prakash too.

“Father Cedric Prakash has said much more serious things which were not true,” Parrikar said, while addressing a press conference here.

Ahmedabad-based Prakash, a Jesuit priest, made a whirlwind tour of Goa with the support of the Roman Catholic Church in Goa, during which he accused Modi of religious intolerance and attacked the Gujarat model of governance.

He further alleged that in Gujarat every one lived in fear.

“The voice of the media has been throttled and muzzled. People in Gujarat are living in fear. IAS officers are living in fear. The lives of their families have been ruined,” Prakash claimed at a meeting at the Grace Church hall in Margao, in south Goa March 20, a few weeks before Goa went to polls.

Parrikar also said that he despised those who “used religion for politics” and clubbed both Prakash, as well as Muthalik, head of the notorious right-wing Sri Rama Sene, in the same bracket. Muthalik has often triggered controversy in the past by attacking patrons of pubs in Mangalore for adopting “Western culture”, and exhorting Hindus to arm themselves with swords.

“I count Father Cedric and Pramod Muthalik as the same. People who use religion as a tool for electioneering are dangerous,” said Parrikar, whose government is being accused by the opposition as well as civil society of carrying out a witch hunt against Chodankar.

In Goa, where the Catholics account for nearly one-third of the population, Prakash’s whirlwind pre-election lecture tour and a circular by the Church imploring voters to cast ballots in favour of a secular candidate did dent the BJP vote tally, even though the party managed to win both the seats from the state in the Lok Sabha election.

Soaurce: IANS

 

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3 Comments

  1. dmelloalex said,

    May 29, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Every Indian citizen has a right to express his/her opinion under the Indian constitution, Fr Cedric is not an exception. He has not campaigned for any political party, whatever he expressed is based on Gujarat experience. For BJP supporters every truth is a falsehood and now their cadre has started attacking individuals here & there and the first target being Prof Anantmurthy, a jnanapeeth awardee. These are the signs of curtailing freedom of speech given under the Constitution of India..

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    • aubreyguard said,

      May 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      All the Goans who voted Parrikar to power should now answer his false accusations or admit that they backed the wrong horse. As I predicted in my earlier posts, there will be more subtle and not so subtle administrative and extra judicial orders to fix all the minorities in our country. Goans, awake from your slumber and fight for justice or there will be no one left to fight for you.

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  2. Isaac Gomes said,

    May 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    You are so correct. Instead of witch-hunting on who said what during or before the just concluded Lok Sabha Election, Modi Government and his party in all states should concentrate on sustainable development. In this nation-building exercise, Modi should take along with him, all communities, even his critics, as promised by him post-election.

    Isaac Gomes
    Kolkata

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