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CM sees 'Muslim conspiracy', Kerala outraged

Jul 26, 2010 01:35 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Islamic organisations and Opposition parties in Kerala have criticised Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan for alleging there is a conspiracy to make the state “a Muslim-dominated world”.

“In 20 years India and Kerala will become a Muslim-dominated world. Youngsters are being given money and are being lured to convert to Islam -- marry Muslim women and then give birth to Muslim children so that they can multiply,” said Achuthanandan last week in Delhi. He was speaking about the radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), activists of which are accused of chopping off the hand of a college lecturer.

Achuthanandan, a veteran CPI-M leader, alleged the PFI aims to convert Kerala into a Muslim majority state in the next 20 years. "For achieving that goal, the outfit is pumping money to attract youth and give them weapons. They also try to convert youth from other communities and persuade them to marry Muslim girls," Achuthanandan told reporters.

The Indian Union Muslim League on Monday said Achuthanandan's statement was "dangerous" and "insulting to the entire (Muslim) community”.

The United Democratic Front (UDF), the alliance of Opposition parties, said Achuthanandan's comments were "deplorable, dangerous" and part of his strategy to play the "Hindu card" before civic and Assembly polls in the state.

"Through his statement, Chief Minister is testing waters if the LDF (Left Democratic Front) could garner votes of the majority community since it has incurred the wrath of the minority communities through its policies," said UDF convener P P Thankachan.

The BJP said Achuthanandan's statements exposed the "double standard" of his party on communalism and extremism. “If Achuthanandan was serious in his concerns on the growth of communal and extremist forces, he should be ready to outlaw Popular Front and issue a white paper on the radical outfits working in the state,” said BJP state president V Muraleedharan.