IUML should decide if it is a political party or a religious forum, says Pinarayi
Kerala Chief Minister says League is spreading misinformation on Waqf board issue
Strongly criticizing the Indian Union of the Muslim League (IUML) stance against the appointment of the Civil Service Commission (PSC) to the Waqf board of directors, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the IUML should decide whether it is a political party or a religious organization.
Address the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] At the Kannur district conference, which kicked off in Eripuram in Kannur on Friday, Mr Vijayan said that the IUML is trying to act as the sole spokesperson for Muslims in the state, but this will not be accepted.
The party is spreading misinformation about the Waqf board issue. When the Assembly debated the subject, the IUML only requested protection for those currently employed on the Council. Now attempts are being made to make it controversial. The government has clarified its position and religious organizations have understood this. Only IUML members failed to figure it out, he said. âThere are over 100 seats on the Waqf board. A decision on nominations to these seats will only be taken after the matter has been discussed with all parties concerned, âhe said.
He said the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had formed an alliance ahead of the elections to the Assembly itself and were trying to discredit the government and oppose plans to development. âThe K-Rail and the Waterway are great projects. If the state is to attract new investment, its infrastructure must be improved, âhe said.
He added that attempts are being made to create community polarization in many parts of Kerala. At the peak of the effort is the Sangh Parivar. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s ideas will not work in Kerala. Their efforts should be canceled at the earliest, he added.