Kerala Congress condemns Bishop's 'narcotic jihad' remarks

Kerala Congress condemns Bishop's 'narcotic jihad' remarks

Thiruvanthapuram: Kerala Congress condemned Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt's remarks on 'narcotic jihad' calling it 'unfortunate' and requested not to give importance.

"The statement is unfortunate. It has badly affected the social fabric of Kerala. We don't know on what grounds he made those remarks," ANI quoted Kerala PCC working president PT Thomas as saying on Friday.

"I humbly request that no one should give too much support to destroy our value of communal harmony. We strongly condemn these statements. We ought to try to keep communal harmony in our states intact".

Speaking at a Church celebration in Kottayam district`s Kuruvilangadu, Kallarangatt said, "They have realised that in a democratic country like India, taking up weapons and destroying others is not easy and have adopted various tactics to target non-Muslims. In the eyes of jihadis, non-Muslims should be destroyed. Two weapons are being employed and that includes love jihad and narcotic jihad."

"Jihadis, through love or other means, use women from other religions for misusing, for terrorist activities, or for economic gains...Those trying to prove that there's no 'love jihad' are trying to feign ignorance. It's not just a love marriage, it's a war strategy, said the Bishop.