Antony’s secularism remark Kerala-centric, says state Cong chief

Antony also cautioned that it was important for the Congress to maintain the support and goodwill of all sections.

By: Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:June 30, 2014 12:10 am

With Congress veteran A K Antony’s comment that there had been a slight erosion in people’s confidence in the party’s secular commitment sparking a debate, his confidant and KPCC president V M Sudheeran on Sunday clarified his senior colleague’s remarks were “Kerala-centric and well-intentioned”.

“Antony has made this comment with the Congress and the UDF it leads in Kerala in mind. These were well-intentioned and meant to guide the party and coalition in proper direction,” Sudheeran told reporters in Thrissur.

In what was interpreted as a self-critical remark, Antony had two days back said at a party function here that people’s faith in the party’s commitment to secularism appeared to have eroded slightly and it was vital to regain the confidence of the masses to move forward.

Antony also cautioned that it was important for the Congress to maintain the support and goodwill of all sections without giving in to the feeling that it had a slant towards some section or the other. The senior leader also voiced serious concern at the growing influence of communal and fascist elements in Kerala’s polity despite it being a place where secularism has deep roots.

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