NEW DELHI: Days after taking charge as Tourism Minister, bureaucrat-turned-politician Alphons Kannanthanam (KJ Alphons) said that the Prime Minister or Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) shouldn’t be blamed for lynching or any violence.
There are ‘nuts’ in every society and a particular leader should not be blamed. It is unfair to blame Prime Minister or BJP, KJ Alphons told CNN-News18, when asked about cases of mob lynching and communal clashes.
Stating that any incident of lynching, violence or murder is bad and is criminal, he said, “Anybody who indulges in these activities must be booked and in jail. In a country of 1.3 billion, there are some people who are nuts.”
He also said that there are such people all over the world, be it New York, Paris, London or anywhere else.
Earlier, the minister had said that if a BJP-ruled state like Goa was eating beef, there should be no problem in Kerela. However, he suggested that foreigners eat beef in their own countries and then visit India.
Kannanthanam is a member of the committee set up to prepare the final draft of the National Education Policy, 2017. He has authored a book — Making A Difference. In 1994, he was featured in Time magazine’s list of 100 Young Global Leaders.
Induction of Kannanthanam, who is a practicing advocate, into the NDA cabinet is widely seen as a move of the BJP to make inroads in the Christian belt in the state.