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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