Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad did not attend a memorial lecture to mark the 9th death anniversary of Congress leader K Karunakaran, just because his son Congress MP K Muraleedharan asked him not to take part in it. Incidentally, the Kerala Governor had expressed his support for CAA and NRC.
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Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan was asked not to attend a memorial lecture to mark the 9th death anniversary of Congress leader K Karunakaran, just because his son Congress MP K
Muraleedharan asked him not to take part in it. So the Governor chose to skip it.
"The Governor was invited to the function before his remarks on the Citizenship Amendment Act. After he criticized Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Congress I requested him to keep away from the function. K Karunakaran always stood for protecting the secular values of the country. Those making statements against secularism shouldn't participate in a function remembering Karunakaran," Muraleedharan said, as quoted by Republic TV.
In what had come as a strong point to criticise the Congress for its anti-CAA stance, the Kerala Governor had said that former PM Jawaharlal Nehru had promised right to citizenship to minorities in Pakistan. Incidentally, he also mentioned that incumbent chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot had in the past sought rights for refugees who had come to India.
The Kerala Governor had also invoked Mahatma Gandhiji who was of the opinion that both Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan had the right to come and live in India if at all they felt it was not possible for them to live in Pakistan.
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The CAA, as touted by many, is not a law that discriminates against Muslims. It is purely a chance to give citizenship to those persecuted minorities like Hindus and other five communities from the countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Incidentally, Congress, which is in the forefront of preaching tolerance and accommodation of all differing views has kept quiet of the isolation of the Governor.
Sadly, protests continue to happen across the country in spite of the assurance given by Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.
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Last Updated Dec 24, 2019, 2:06 PM IST