Thiruvananthapuram: They have for long been engaged in
running a political battle, belonging as they do to the rival fronts
of Kerala’s political spectrum. Now P.C. George of the Kerala
Congress (Mani) and Pinarayi Vijayan of the Communist Party of
India-Marxist have crossed swords over their children.
The vice-chairman of the Kerala
Congress (Mani) has lashed out at the state CPI-M secretary for
mocking at his son’s inter-faith marriage with veteran comedian
Jagathy Sreekumar’s daughter.
That is the only ‘love jihad’ he was
aware of, Vijayan sarcastically said.
“The engagement was done according to
Hindu custom at the girl’s house, and the marriage took place in
front of thousands at my parish church in my hometown in Kottayam
district last year. There was no secrecy in it,” a peeved George
told reporters, taking umbrage at Vijayan’s remark.
Then, mounting a counter-attack,
George asked reporters if they knew that Vijayan’s son was engaged
to a girl from Tellichery in Kannur district a few days back.
“The entire event was kept a closely
guarded secret, while the engagement and marriage of my son was a
public event. It was not proper for Vijayan to make such a statement
about my son’s marriage,” he said.
‘Love Jihad’ has of late become
much-talked about in Kerala after rumours that Muslim youth were
ensnaring Hindu girls into marriage and converting them to Islam
after professing love to them.
The state high court recently asked
Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose to probe veracity of these
rumours. The court, in fact, denied anticipatory bail to two youth
who allegedly forcibly converted two girl-classmates at a college in
Pathanamthitta district after professing love to them.