BJP leader slams Muslim minister’s visit to Sabarimala

Jaleel, who is also the state Minorities Welfare and Wakf and Haj Pilgrimage minister, visited the shrine along with Temple Affairs Minister Kadakampally Surendran

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: November 1, 2016 9:23 am
sabarimala, sabarimala temple, muslim minister sabarimala, bjp minister, sabarimala temple entry, india news, indian express Jaleel at Sabarimala temple. From his Facebook post

A DAY after Kerala Local Administration Minister K T Jaleel became the first Muslim minister from the state to visit Sabarimala temple, senior state BJP leader V Muraleedharan on Monday criticised the visit and said the Hindu shrine should not be used to make “selfish political gains”.

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“Jaleel is a former SIMI leader (and) it is difficult to believe that one fine morning he has become secular,” Muraleedharan said. “To my knowledge, Jaleel had no role in Sabarimala.”

The BJP leader also said it is “not right” if the minister had seen the visit as a “picnic for photo opportunity”. He said, “Jaleel can go to the shrine as a devotee of Lord Ayyappa, but Sabarimala should not be used for making selfish political gains.”

Jaleel, who is also the state Minorities Welfare and Wakf and Haj Pilgrimage minister, visited the shrine along with Temple Affairs Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Sunday as part of the review of preparations for the upcoming festival season. The visit of the minister, who is a CPI(M)-backed Independent legislator from Malappuram, was appreciated, especially on social media.

He later posted on Facebook, “It was 1.15 am (Sunday) when I reached Sannidhanam after climbing the hill. Early morning, I went around the sanctum. Then I reached the shrine of Vavar, a Muslim who had been Ayyappa’s friend. Their relation still remains strong centuries after their death. Let us revive those good old days.’’

Dismissing Muraleedharan’s comments, Jaleel later said, “I experienced a great feeling of religious harmony.”

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    IslamForFoools
    Nov 1, 2016 at 4:27 am
    Muslims are pure evils made in mederessas. Human race should boycott Islam in every aspect, politically, socially, economically, personally, culturally, in every aspect
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      IslamForFoools
      Nov 1, 2016 at 9:30 am
      Terrorism is inherent to Islam. Islam is main character culprit
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        Jafar
        Nov 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm
        God save Kerala. This terrorist becoming a minister. Can't trust him. Now Hindus are in minority in Kerala
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          Anand
          Nov 1, 2016 at 4:25 am
          rightly said.....
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            asdasd
            Nov 1, 2016 at 7:44 am
            Really muslims are far less . .these are Sufis and off course the normal working cl muslim who is busy in his bread and butter and do not like the conflict like any normal person of other religions . . .the problem is use of youth by mullas and wrong interpreations for land grabbing and political control . . the corrupt musus wants azadi everywhere (from whom, they are never clear . . . whoever comes in contact, they want azadi from them . .y 70 saal india ki khaa ke bhee. .. aslee kashniris ko JnK se nikaal ke bhee inko azadi chaheeyee . .) . . . . . like peanuts distributed on street .. . . these guys misuse islam.
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              abd
              Nov 1, 2016 at 4:32 am
              Something need to be shoved in your mouth and .
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                count
                Nov 1, 2016 at 11:01 am
                His brothers ISIS will take of his head for visiting Hindu temple. Feel sorry for him.
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                  c
                  Nov 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm
                  C p Chandra das from Memphis, USAlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There was absolute no need to criticize both the ministers. Criticism should not be just for the sake of criticism. The minister from the other state, has gone to the hill temple to pay respects to the lord. The state minister had gone their to supervise the arrangements during this season. We will have to build up relation ships. We are not going there to take photographs.
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                    Hem Pant
                    Nov 1, 2016 at 8:03 am
                    There should be no objection of a person following any religion to visit other religion holy place be it a Temple, Gurudwara ,Mosque or a Church.
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                      L.R.GOGIA
                      Nov 1, 2016 at 5:40 am
                      WHY THE PERSONS OF SANGH PARIVAR NOT OBJECT TO THE VISITS OF DR. FAROOQ ABDULLAH FOR VISITING VAISHNO DEVI SHRINE DURING 1980-85 AND PERFORMING CERTAIN RELIGIOUS RITUALS RELATING TO HINDUS LIKE WEARING TILAK ETC.
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                        mas
                        Nov 1, 2016 at 4:37 am
                        Without some reason, he will not be visiting Sabarimala. Remember he was with SIMI earlier and I do not think he has changed his stance on SIMI. So there is something sinister in his visit to Sabarimala.lt;br/gt;I am not surprised if some attack in Sabarimala happens or some theft from the temple in the coming days.
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                          Indianajones
                          Nov 1, 2016 at 8:59 am
                          BJP 'S this unheard of leader in kerala should understand that kerala is no UP, and divisive politics practiced in the northern Indian states has very limited or no scope in kerala.
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                            rak g
                            Nov 1, 2016 at 6:02 am
                            lets see modi standards..left his wife...goes for photo op with mother...stalks young woman with his gurga shah...so no no one, not even you should be judged by his standards..
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                              rak g
                              Nov 1, 2016 at 6:05 am
                              on one hand you are saying modi is right in not wearing a skullcap or head covered coz he is a hindu, on the other hand u ask if muslim minister even ate prasad? dont you see paradox in your own statement. Suppose he did have prasad then shouldnt modi have also worn a skullcap? whats wrong in respecting others religion??
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                                KP Pillai
                                Nov 1, 2016 at 7:54 am
                                Nobody objected, yaaaaar ! Write with sense.
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                                  KP Pillai
                                  Nov 1, 2016 at 4:29 am
                                  Jaleel became a moderate muslim once he failed to get a seat from muslim league and then became secular when Chinese party gave him a ticket and became more secular when they made him Minister. Jaleel's visit now to Masjids and for Umrah must be guarded secret as tolerance in his community is well known. He will not get any Visa to Saudi Arabia anymore, leave alone usage of Diplomatic pport and facilities. He has been sealed with restrictions in League house and Mohd Bashir and Munir might have already issued circulars to that effect. His visit to Sannidhanam should be seen as only a display or show; not seemingly with any trust. But, it is possible that Jaleel will leave the chinese party, if tickets are denied in future and now has a plus point to apply for a BJP ticket from Kummanam.
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                                    KP Pillai
                                    Nov 1, 2016 at 4:19 am
                                    hahahahahahaaaaaa ! But, let us not take name of Prophet to beat such s, who knows nothing about their father; then how to know of Modiji.
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                                      Hindu Rashtra
                                      Nov 1, 2016 at 2:39 am
                                      A Muslim minister of Left government in Kerala has recently caused indigestion and stomach ache to saffron party leadership by visiting Shabrimala temple. BJP is unable to accept that a Muslim leader, not from their party, can visit a temple and be cool with it while their own Gujarati goon who now is ;secular' Prime Minister hates to host skull cap on his head
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                                        MANMOHAN C
                                        Nov 1, 2016 at 8:46 am
                                        I am sorry to say that this report reeks of venom...and the le itself presupposes the intent instead of informing the public.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sabarimala as any anybody who knows anything about it is open to all and has never shut its dorr based on caste creed and colour.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;K T Jaleel , came there in his capacity as minister and as can be seen he has not turned his back on the temple but has reverentially accepted the prasaad.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;One should appreciate such things and It is pathetic ....no monstrous to b an individual for his ociation with an organisation for more than 20 years evn after he has left its fold... lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And BJP leaders are fraught with divisive politics which has shown through in this incident
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                                          manu
                                          Nov 1, 2016 at 9:39 am
                                          is that why mallus are electing secular SIMI leaders?
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                                            mathimathi
                                            Nov 1, 2016 at 9:41 am
                                            HE IS A MINISTER of a state like prime minister. bhakta
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