A day after calling the state fisheries minister a “traitor”, and remarking that there is a “terrorist in his name”, after the latter said protests against the Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited (VISL) is “treason”, Father Theodacious D’Cruz, one of the Catholic priests leading the agitation against the seaport project, apologised on Wednesday.
Calling it a slip of tongue, D’Cruz said, “I apologise for my statement, which has created a division between the minority communities.”
The development came even as police on Wednesday registered a case against D’Cruz based on a complaint from the Indian National League, an LDF ally and the party of state Port Minister Ahamed Deverkovil.
The issue cropped up on Tuesday, after Fisheries Minister V Abdurahiman, while addressing a seminar organised by VISL, called the protest against the project “treason”.
Hitting back, D’Cruz said: “He (Abdurahiman) is the biggest traitor in the world. We thought he was the minister of fishermen. There is a terrorist in his name. Those who do not know how to hoist the national flag are calling us traitors.”
In reaction, CPI(M)-backed legislator and former state minister K T Jaleel said a case should be registered against D’Cruz.
While CPI(M) leader and LDF convener E P Jayarajan alleged a conspiracy behind the protest, Congress’s K Sudhakaran said the government should reveal if there is a conspiracy. On Wednesday, Hindu Aikya Vedi, an umbrella outfit of pro-BJP organisations, took out a march at Vizhinjam, demanding early implementation of the project.